We all face challenges in life. But what makes the difference is our will to fight back. And Roshni Bhatia proves that no matter what challenges life throws at you, if you are determined, you can overcome all of them.
Speaking to HoB, Roshni Bhatia shared her inspiring life story of moving out of an abusive marriage and creating a beautiful life for herself & her son. She spoke about how getting married at an early age into a non-supportive family set her up for failure.
Roshni Bhatia & Her Inspiring Journey To Success
“I was born to a single mother – my grandparents were the ones who raised me. We weren’t financially stable so I was married off at the age of 21, to make sure that I’d have a secure future. My husband’s background was a world apart from mine.
Every day he would make it a point to remind me that I’m middle class, while he was filthy rich. He’d taunt me about how I’d never match his standard.
He’d demand that I try to look like the taller and prettier women he knew. And, he’d keep reinforcing that I wasn’t beautiful at all – I was even made to sleep with make-up on because he couldn’t stand to look at me without it.
I felt less like a human and more like an object. I didn’t know how to get out of it. My mother-in-law saw me suffering but she always said, ‘All men are like that, you just have to deal with it.’
Roshni Bhatia Standing Against Abusive First Husband
Everyday, at least once, I thought of killing myself. The tipping point was when I got pregnant. I was so scared that my baby would grow up with these values because of their father. So I mustered up the courage, and I left him.
I moved in with my mom – at the time, I had no money to my name. My mother also didn’t have the means to support me, so after I gave birth to Arjun I scrambled to look for jobs, just to sustain my newborn baby and myself. And soon, I even filed for a divorce.
I used to work in the day and take care of my son at night, all while fighting off threats from my husband about how he’d make my life a living hell and make sure he takes my son away from me.
I was working as an assistant in a company, when Piyush came into my life. He seamlessly became my support system. Through all the court hearings, through all the breakdowns and tough times with Arjun – he was there.
He also knew that I wasn’t happy working where I was, so he pushed me to follow my dream – fashion. He ignited that lost fire in me, and made me go after what I really wanted.
And, then finally, things started falling into place:
Things finally fell into place – in 2016, after 7 years of a horrific struggle, I won full custody for Arjun.
I can never forget the joy and relief I felt on that day. I even took a break from work and started studying Fashion full time. Our lives had settled, so Piyush and I took the next step and got married in 2017!
Arjun could not have a better father and I, a better husband. I’ve even started my own blog, to share my passion for fashion with the world and I’ve been fortunate enough to be successful! It’s been one tough journey but through all of this if there is one thing I have learnt, it is that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
So no matter how much pain, trauma and struggle life puts you through, if you try hard enough you’ll always be able to fight back.”
No matter how tough life may get, it’s strong women like Roshni Bhatia (@thechiquefactor) who inspire us to face the challenges head-on! At IForHer, we salute brave souls like her and hope her strength in making herself financially stable, will inspire many more women who continue to suffer in silence. Her story is a reminder that if you believe in yourself, you can rewrite your destiny.