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Raising Awareness Through My Late Mum’s Story

Raising Awareness Through My Late Mum’s Story
Late Pushpa Wati Deo
July 19
11:00 2017


On July 22, 2015, while doing her morning prayers, Pushpa Wati Deo, my mother, peacefully passed away to a better place without any prior major medical conditions.

The sudden departure left those close to her in severe grief.

In April 2016, I launched a high quality premium of Indian sweets under the brand name Malhana Sweets.

This is currently being distributed by NewWorld IGA stores, Tappoo Duty Free and some MH stores.

Malhana was my mother’s dream project.

She was a domestic violence survivor and for many years, suffered physical abuse in her marriage.

One less known fact about my mother’s life was her partial hearing disability.

Her hearing problems were a direct result of physical abuse she suffered in her marriage.

She fought her battles in life and ended her marriage after she realised that the abuse was only getting worse.

However, the mental and physical results of the abuse became part of her life.

This year, on her second year tribute, on behalf of her family, I would like to raise awareness on disabilities which results from physical abuse.

Statistics from organisations such as the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre confirms the severity of domestic violence and its impact.

Her family pleads for better understanding and support for the survivors of domestic violence.

Sometimes, society trivialises issues such as hearing disability without realising the cause of it.

Having to deal with physical abuse is hard enough without also having people make fun of a disability which is a direct cause of someone else’s misdemeanours.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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