She Was Married To A Drug Addict Who Kidnapped His Own Daughter

When her world is threatened, every woman finds her inner Jhansi Ki Rani- Vibha Sharma

Her family decided to marry her off. She hoped for a better life than the one she was born too. She was wrong. The darkest chapter of Vibha Sharma's life was just about to begin. And it would not be till years later that she would fight for freedom. Her daughter's that is.

                                   She found her inner Manikarnika and fought for her daughter's safety and well-being.


Vibha was born to a wealthy South Delhi family. A powerful political family that runs a successful pharmacy company too. She was amongst the four sisters and a brother, who grew up in a joint family with two cousins. They lived a normal Delhi life like going to a good school, and college. Well almost. Because unlike their counterparts, Vibha and her siblings were accompanied by three to four bodyguards, everywhere they went. It was less for their protection and more for safeguarding the family's honour. And all these decisions were taken not by her biological father, but by his elder brother. The 'Bade Papa', as they all called him. He who decided their life's chart, whether they liked it or not. So when she got married in 2001, only one thing changed- the address of her cage.

Earlier her wings were clipped by her family, now they were bounded by her husband. Vibha Sharma like most of her siblings was married off in an arranged marriage. Surprisingly into a very modest family, unlike the family's own status quo. And then the torture began- mental harassment, physical exploitation and financial extortion. 


He got his own daughter kidnapped. All for a handsome ransom to fuel his addiction. But he forgot. You never mess with a mother.


                                In the dark wintery days of her life, came the sunshine called Vedika.

Married to a drug-addict her life was under constant threat. She was humiliated by her ex-husband in front of his friends. The man robbed her of her youth, her dreams and her belongings like expensive sarees and jewellery, that came in her trousseau. There was little respite in knowing that she had no support from her maternal family, apart from some monetary help. Her physical abuse rendered her helpless and left her with infections, swellings and severe discomfort. But she stayed mum.

In the dark wintery days of her life, came the sunshine called Vedika. Her daughter brought hope, cheer and smiles in her life. But the one person who was the happiest was her abusive husband. For all the wrong reasons.

Born in 2001, Vedika became his ticket to easy money. He blackmailed Vibha and her family and extorted money from them by hanging a dagger on Vedika' s head. Soon enough Vibha made the biggest wrong decision of her life. In a fit of anger, her husband burnt her daughter's foot. The cruel father placed that innocent child's foot on a hot, burning silencer of his bike. Outraged yet scared and unsure of a way to escape his brutality, Vibha kept quiet. Just like 41% of other Indian women, as per a study which was done by Global Public Health.

                          She found her inner Manikarnika and fought for her daughter's safety and well-being.

But all hell broke loose in 2004, when her ex-husband did the most outrageous thing. He got his own daughter kidnapped. All for a handsome ransom to fuel his addiction. But he forgot. You never mess with a mother.

The woman who never dared to question her family and their decisions. The woman who suffered unbearable pain for years in silence. The woman who forgot the meaning of freedom, respect and love. She finally woke up. She found her inner Manikarnika and fought for her daughter's safety and well-being.

Vibha Sharma finally threw her husband out of her house (the house they stayed in was gifted by her parents). She filed a case against him and filed for protection for her daughter and herself from the man. At a time when she needed her family the most, her mom was forbidden to keep in touch with her. Her siblings were fighting their own battles. So she had no one to turn to. After much struggles and hardship, she was awarded a divorce. At that point, she made another purposeful decision. She refused to seek shelter in her parents' house. She did not want to take her daughter out of one bounded life into another.

                                          She found her inner Manikarnika and fought for her daughter's safety and well-being.

A woman who had never ventured out of her house before stepped out into a world of uncertainty. She delicately walked the fine path between parenting and working motherhood. She started small with a gift shop. But as her daughter grew, so did her business. The fear of the dark old days of bondage made her work harder. Soon she started her own boutique. Her clothes reflected the freedom and positivity that had entered her life. Her clients loved that. Today, she is running Pakhi, a designer boutique in the heart of Gurgaon and a gift-showroom. Her daughter is a teenager now and the biggest pillar of strength.

Every day in the morning when she sees her daughter, she sees a warm ray of happiness and not the scar of her turbulent past. And for doing that she has only one person to thank. The strong, courageous Manikarnika, within herself.

If you know more real-life Manikarnika's like Vibha, please share their story with us at ketchupmoms@gmail.com

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Comments (20)

Social Connoisseurs Posted on Feb 22, 2019

Your blogs are true reflections how we are surrounded by real life heroes who have achieved victory over the battles of life. Such emotional stories are truly inspirational. Thanks for introducing us s to this real life Superwoman

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Aishwarya Iyengar Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Omg this is just a nice story yet very Inspiring

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Madhu Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Oh my God! After reading this write uo I am shocked as well as equally proud of Vibha. HATS OFF to her and more power to Women! Also, loved the way you have narrated it.

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Mandira Adhikari Posted on Feb 21, 2019

I love your writing! This one is again a wonderful read!\r\nwww.docdivatraveller.com

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Pallavi Watermarks Posted on Feb 21, 2019

A lady of substance,she is an inspiration to all,very well written.This post needs to be highlighted to that everyone can read it.

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Yachika Posted on Feb 20, 2019

These stories are really inspirational. They really inspire so many people. They are so courageous and strong. Thanks for sharing such stories

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Purnima Posted on Feb 20, 2019

Hats off to Vibha Sharma. And she played really well. I like to read such real stories every time I visit your blog.

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Ishita Chopra Posted on Feb 20, 2019

This is such a heart wrenching story - and sadly the reality for too many women! Kudos to her for standing up, being brave and saving her daughter and herself!

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Mrinal Kiran Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Bondage and torture - story of so so many indian women out there. But very few have the courage break out of the cage! Vibha is a real hero! An inspiration for all of us!

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Nisha Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Gosh, this is such a horrific story. It really shook me how a father can be so brutal towards his own daughter. Vibha is definitely a lady of steel.

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Khushboo Posted on Feb 19, 2019

That\'s a inspiring post. Very touching and inspiring story. I salute her for her braveness. Hats off to her.

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Jhilmil D Saha Posted on Feb 19, 2019

This is such an emotional story I couldn\'t control my tears. You feel sad and angry both after reading these kinds of stories. SHe\'s a true hero. Hats off to her. Glad she moved on.

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Sandy N Vyjay Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Such a poignant and at the same time inspiring story of a brave woman. What an amazingly resilient and brave woman who has fought against overwhelming odds.

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Jhilmil Posted on Feb 19, 2019

This is such a strong story of how a woman who never uttered a word got the courage to throw out her abusive husband. Hats off to her. www.mommyinme.com

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Rainbowdiaries Singapore Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Just today I read your IG post about this amazing lady! Really ladies can do anything and everything...Especially when it comes to their kids.

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Gunjan (tuggu.n.mommy) Posted on Feb 19, 2019

This is scary yet reality of life, Super proud that women these days are strong to fight their battles, especially the ones at their own house.

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Antony Samy Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Heartening story

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Noor Anand Chawla Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Oh my god this is such a shocking story. Yet it is also very inspirational. We must learn from these experiences.

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Manisha Garg Posted on Feb 18, 2019

A woman\'s patience is enormous and never can be challenged. A mother bears a lot of pain as long as her child is not harmed, what Vibha underwent makes my blood boil and my heart salutes her.

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Vikas Tripathi Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Tapasya is not that is done in forest. It is something that we start realising what we are and what we are capable of doing if we can overcome our fear.\r\nIt\'s really great that you have written your own destiny rather always complaining about others.\r\nReal brave act that will inspire millions.✌

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