Dolma from Ladakh
Released March, 2017
She has an amazing story. When I interviewed her along with her friend and co-worker, the other person quite didn't clearly speak her name so at the moment I don't have her name (although I will find it out). Since Dolma is the most common second name of girls in Ladakh, we will call her Dolma for this story.
They both work for Buddhist association women’s division.
Dolma was a bit self-conscious to share her story in front of the camera so I get know it story afterwards, although I did capture some bits in the video (coming shortly).
So — when Dolma was a little girl she wanted to study and in those days it was not common for girls to go to the school.
Her grandfather was quite against that, and against his wishes her father agreed to let her study.
Later in her life as Dolma became a young woman her father and grandfather wanted to marry her off to someone affluent and of their choice.
She didn't want to marry that man as she was in love with someone else and that man was not very well off.
As Dolma was being pressured to get married — she eloped with the person she was in love with. Her grandfather told his son — see I told you, don't let her go to the school.
Her father and grandfather decided to cut all the ties and communications with her.
All these years later when her grandfather died her father came to the senses —apologised, reconciled and let her unite with the rest of the family.
She is happy and happy with the decision she made.