Meera Kymal & Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney spent a year documenting the impact of transnational abandonment on DV survivors of South Asian origin. We uncovered a horrifying phenomenon that hides in the shadows, but inflicts lifelong harm on thousands of survivors.
California Journalism Award
CNPA awarded us FIRST PLACE for In-Depth Reporting..
In 2022, USC Center for Health Journalism gave us a second award to continue the DesiDost project..
USC invited us to present DesDost to their Advisory Board. - one of only 4 teams to do so!
We are thrilled & honored!
"Congratulations on this very well-deserved honor. This was a stellar project!"
Michelle Levander - Director, Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg.
"Thank you for working with us on this and bringing this issue to light for it has gone unnoticed and underreported for far too long." Narika.
When domestic violence (DV) spiked during the pandemic, desi husbands on H1B visas began abandoning their wives in India.
It's called Transnational Abandonment. (TA)
TA is heinous form of violence against women - they lose everything in the US - legal status, homes, money, even children.
Tthe DesiDost Project investigates how of TA inflicts physical, mental, financial and legal trauma.
What survivors can do?
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So what do Indian Americans think of the DV crisis in their midst?
In September 2021, Desi Dost ran a community survey on the India Currents website to find out.
More than half of the 55 respondents confirmed they have or know of others who’ve experienced and witnessed domestic abuse.
Almost 40% stayed in their relationships, due to family pressure to keep up appearances or fear of losing finances and children.
Respondents admitted that fear of family retaliation (50%) and fear of their abuser (43%) kept women silent.
While respondents were sympathetic to the plight of victims, very few were willing to take action.