Struggles and Scars

Escaping an abusive marriage: The inspiring story of Geeta Tandon, India’s first stunt-woman

Geeta Tandon is India’s first stuntwoman, and has many accolades to her name. But behind her smiling face is a story of great struggle and bravery.
Geeta tondon

(As told to Kirthi Jayakumar)

Married at 15 with no idea about sex

I was married off when I was 15. Since my mother had passed away when I was just ten, and my father was left devastated with four kids to look after, there were a lot of challenges. People began to tell my father that since we girls had grown up, it was time to get us married. For me, marriage seemed like a shot at a possible change in my life, for the better. I thought that I would get to own things, get to cook my own food and have enough to eat. I didn’t think that I would have to worry about my in-laws, because I was struggling at home anyway, so might as well struggle there, with them. My father found a well-to-do family, whose youngest son was considered a match for me.

The people who made the match said that there was a boy with a house and came from a well-to-do family, and that I should marry him. I was married off within two days of that conversation. I was only 15 years old, and I did not know anything about sex. And I was also scared of it, because I simply didn’t know what it was. Even though I grew up without a mother, I was capable of knowing what was right and what was wrong.

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  1. Geeta Tandon: From Marital Rape Victim to Stunt woman….Isn’t this amazing. We should actually learn a lot from her. Geeta Tandon claims to be the only stuntwoman to have successfully attempted car chases and that too with minimal training. Tandon has survived child marriage, motherhood before the age of 21, and brutal domestic violence that included rape. But now, people remember her with respect and affection!

    Hats off to such a lady!

  2. Really her story is truly inspirational. First heard about her in Anu Kapoor show aired in Big FM.

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