Me, The Change: Readers Commend Pachayammal’s Brave Leadership
Pachayammal was married to Arul when she was barely sixteen years old. She married willingly, for love. But little did she know that she had married into slavery. Arul had been a bonded labourer from the age of eight.
For six years, Pachayammal slaved for a quarry owner who had more than twenty-five other bonded labourers. The days would be hard and long, breaking and carrying rocks from 4:30 am to 9:00 pm. There would be only one meal a day, of watery rice gruel. They had to face physical, verbal and sexual abuse on a daily basis.
Pachayammal was rescued when she was 23. Freedom changed her in ways no one imagined. Watch her full story here.