Murthy Helps Raise Funds to Fight Domestic Abuse

Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, was delighted to be among the multitude of supporters who turned out to support ASHA for Women at its 24th Anniversary Gala Celebration, held September 14, 2013, at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. ASHA for Women is a Washington-based nonprofit that helps meet the special needs of domestic violence victims from South Asia: it provides culturally appropriate multi-lingual support services, ranging from attorney referrals to psychological counseling. For South Asian women living in abusive circumstances, ASHA for Women is a lifeline, especially when barriers of language and culture might otherwise prevent them from getting the help they need.

At the gala, Ms. Murthy had the pleasure of introducing Women Off the Map, a six-minute documentary made by her husband, Vasant Nayak, which he filmed in the village of Neemrana in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. The film vividly illustrates the women’s struggles to have their contributions – and their personal potential – recognized in a male-dominated, rural society.

Ms. Murthy also served as auctioneer for the fundraising portion of the evening, energizing the audience and spurring them on to increase their bids. Murthy spoke passionately about her own commitment to the cause, and why she hoped others would join her in this important work. And join her they did, opening their hearts – and checkbooks – and giving generously to ensure that ASHA’s services will continue to reach those who need it most.

The Murthy Law Firm and its charitable wing, the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, were platinum sponsors of this event, and proud to support the vital mission of ASHA for Women: giving hope and new life to survivors of domestic violence.

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