Neha Rastogi's case brings to the forefront one of the terrible ills of our society — domestic violence. The perpetrator strikes at the very core of the humanity, life, faith and trust of their partner. Neha's case also shows that domestic violence knows no boundaries — it transcends culture, geography, religious beliefs, economic affluence and even education. What Neha endured is something no person should have to.
Maitri has been in the forefront of tackling this deep-rooted societal issue for more than 25 years by directly supporting survivors of familial violence, educating the community, and fostering responsible dialogues in the south Asian community and mainstream. While Maitri partners with immigration reform focused organizations, it recognizes that comprehensive justice for immigrant communities does not include or imply impunity for perpetrators. Maitri also collaborates with the legal and criminal justice system to support domestic violence victims.
The board of trustees of Maitri strongly condemns the attacks on Neha Rastogi by Abhishek Gattani. We join the rest of the community in hoping that, at the court hearing on June 15, 2017, justice will be served on this case.