Inside the house, Titiksha could hear her uncle harshly scolding her mother.
Titiksha and her mother, Muskan, were used to feeling rejected and despised by Muskan's older brother, Ganaraj, and his family, but this time, he was lashing out at Muskan because of Titiksha, who had decided to walk with Jesus.
"You are neglecting your responsibility to look after your daughter," he told Muskan. "You have given her so much freedom that she is now prepared to bring shame to the family. We cannot let this happen as long as we live here. So it will be good if you correct your daughter, or else you both—mother and child—have to find another place to live."
Widow and Daughter Suffer Rejection from Family
Titiksha's father had passed away when she was only 4 years old, so she and her mother moved to live with her uncle. But Ganaraj didn't want the burden of taking care of them, so the accommodation he gave Muskan and Titiksha was merely a small hut on his property. Because Muskan struggled to provide for herself and her daughter, she couldn't afford to give Titiksha a complete education. After Titiksha learned to read and write, she had to drop out of school. Muskan and Titiksha's desperate situation earned them scorn from their family, so that Titiksha's own cousins didn't want to play with her.
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