"I Was A Servant, Sex Machine And Punching Bag"
It is one thing to curse the society for being unfair and completely another to take a big leap and show them they were wrong in telling you to shut up and tolerate the injustice. It takes immense courage and willingness to risk everything to stand your ground. Once married at the age of 15 and then subjected to marital abuse day in and day out, today Geeta Tandon has reached a stage in life where she owns a house in Mumbai and receives personal birthday wishes from the biggest celebrities of Bollywood.
Geeta has successfully shut the mouths of those who destroyed her childhood just because she was a girl. By doing so, she has also given a fitting reply to similar elements in the entire society. Her story, in its truest sense, is a story of women empowerment where the woman does not depend on the society for help, instead she shows that she is capable enough of making her own living and standing taller than any average man ever can.
Source - Rediff
Facing challenges at every step of her life
Born in Mumbai, Geeta lost her mother when she was just 9-year-old. As a child, Geeta was a ‘tomboy’. She loved playing gilli danda, cricket and other games which started disturbing her father and relatives. They thought that early marriage is the only solution and hence, at the age of just 15, she was married off to a 24-year-old man. This was just the beginning. While she had a positive idea about marriage, things turned totally upside down when she got settled in her husband’s house.
His husband started hitting her for no reason. He used to drink, and Geeta would become the subject of his anger. Geeta tried to ask her father for help but he said that ‘once a girl’s married, she belongs there until death’. Apart from the violence, he also forced himself on her. She got pregnant at the age of 15 but had a miscarriage. Even the police refused to help Geeta. Later, she got pregnant twice and gave birth to two kids who came as a fresh breeze of happiness in her life.
“I was a servant, a sex machine and a punching bag present to fulfil his needs. I got pregnant at 16, and was briefly happy thinking it would stop the beatings. But it only got worse,” said Geeta in an interview with Huffington Post.
Source - Huffington Post
Breaking free from her shackles
At the age of 20, Geeta ran away from her husband’s house. There were more challenges waiting for her but at least she could now make her own choices. She survived on odd jobs before getting a job as a bhangra dancer. She was up for any kind of work except for sex work. She kept working and could finally rent a room. She came across an opening for a stuntwoman and reminiscing her love for sports, she decided to give it a try.
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She already knew how to ride a bike, and she learnt driving within 20 days. These skills gave her a competitive edge. But being a stunt woman is not easy. Injuries are a part of the job and sometimes things can get very serious. Geeta has had burns on her face, a tailbone fracture and one spinal fracture throughout her career apart from minor injuries. But she loved her job and also got support from a movie stunt association.
Geeta has now been a professional for 10 years in the industry. She has worked with the biggest stars and made good relations with various people from the film fraternity, including Parineeti Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Rohit Shetty and Deepika Padukone. 5 years ago, she bought the house she was renting. She hosted Ganpati for the 1st time and bought an AC for her children. She aims to become an action director in the future.
“A woman is like tea–put her in hot water & you’ll know how strong she is. I’ve walked through fire, so you can imagine my strength–it’s limitless,” says Geeta in an interview with Humans of Bombay.
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