New Delhi: Delhi's Rekha Jhingan has been fighting the menace of drug abuse for the past 20 years after her own athlete husband took to drugs in 1991 and she didn't have many options then to help him get rid of the habit.
Rekha Jhingan's day begins in the national capital's Hanuman Mandir. While many go there to seek divine intervention, she goes there to lend a friendly hand to those gone astray.
In 1991, when Jhingan's athlete-husband Vinod took to drugs, she was hapless and couldn't do much to help him. Twenty years on, the feisty lady knows that addiction is a disease that can be cured and she is not afraid to be stern, if needed, with her patients.
On the outskirts of Delhi in Dwarka is Jhingan's mission home 'Sehaj Sambhav', which means 'Easily Possible'. The patients she picks up from the streets are housed there.
Jhingan said, "A person would never ask anyone to cure him as he thinks he cannot live without the chemical. But families should be aware that he can be cured."
They are cured not only of the substance abuse, but also of their fear of never being able to live a normal life again.
Rekha Jhingan took up the challenge of helping those who were rejected by the society and shunned by their own families. Dealing with people who are abusive, even violent is not an easy task, but she had the resolve. Even today, after changing the lives of hundreds of addicts, Rekha Jhingan says her journey has just begun.