Jyoti Saikia (name changed on request) runs a flourishing hair and make-up business from her parlour in Mirza, where she’s training more than 40 young women. After walking out of her six-month-long marriage, where she suffered under the pressure of dowry demand from her husband, she aims to become a big businesswoman Credit: Prakash Bhuyan

Guwahati/Lakhipur/Mirza: It took two attempts on her life before Sharifa Begum filed a police complaint against her husband. The first time in 2015 he took her to a hill nearby in Lakhipur, where after physically assaulting her, he left her to die with their year-old child. After spending a month in the hospital recovering and two years apart from him,......


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