Who would have thought patriarchy could come in the way of the rehabilitation of female drug users? In Manipur, it does
Esther lives in Churachandpur , around 65 km from Imphal, the capital of Manipur . She is what is referred to, in technical parlance , as a reformed female injecting drug user (FIDU). Esther gave up a life of injecting and snorting drugs and has come back from the brink – much wiser and sober, and not just on the ill-effects of a dangerous life. Her eyes, she says, also opened up to the blatantly different ways in which society treats male and female drug users.