Sonal Chouhan was born into a Hindu family. She is five years old and grew up extremely impoverished. She has four elder sisters. Her father was a diabetic patient for a long time. They lived in the interior part, in a remote village, so they were not too educated on the condition of her father. In addition they were too poor to seek treatment.
As a result, Sonal's father became seriously ill and some of their relatives gathered to take him to a city hospital for treatment. There he was diagnosed with kidney failure. This was disturbing for the whole family. Her family sold all they had and took on lots of debt for dialysis to save his life. In the end, Sonal lost her father to kidney failure.
Sonal was the youngest in the family. Unlike all the older children, her family did not love her. Since her birth, she was not welcomed in her family as they already had four elder girls. The whole family was hoping for a baby boy, but when she was born no one was happy for her. The whole family wanted a boy to carry on the family name.
Sonal has felt this rejection throughout her childhood. This rejection has had profound effects on her and is evident in her behavior. When our partners in South Asia met her and asked her what she wanted to be they got the most unusual response. Sonal's response was "I want to become a boy to be loved by others”.
Her mother wants her to be accepted by others and wants her to know that she is a very precious girl. That's why Sonal's mother requested admittance into Mercy Homes where Sonal can heal from her emotional pain.