One who does good is good. But one who doesn’t do bad is not necessarily good. A fine line separates the bad and the good. To see it, one must not be wearing the specs of society but use his own eyes.
“The girl was raped,” read the husband from the newspaper,“ what has happened to this world? What kind of people is this… how can they even think of such horrible act?”
The wife wasn’t much interested. Her eyes were fixed on the papers in her bag.
“What are those papers,” asked the husband.
“Nothing. Just some work papers.”
“Yeah…work- that’s all you care about these days, right? I like a good husband allowed you to work and now you …”
“Nothing. You were saying..”
“I wish you to support me. I want you to stand by me while I chase my dreams. You know, just support me instead of being busy all the time in your work.”
“I want to be with you. But, just that these days I have a little pressure of work.”
“So, this shitty work of yours is more important than me. So, last night also, because of this work, you did all that drama.”
“Last night… let’s just not talk about that.”
He worked. She worked.
He finished. She didn’t.
He asked her to join him in bed. She refused to let her work.
He couldn’t wait. She was still not ready.
He forced her in….He forced her in.
She let it all go again.
It is the repetition of everyday’s past.
The sleep arrived.
He accepted it. She didn’t.
A tear slid through her eyes, the cheek, to meet the pillow.
“Only one tear tonight,” she said.
She got up to complete the work she left.
There are some who doesn’t know they do bad. Some even project the bad as the good. And that’s where the problem lies.
Office office. The day is not all bad for you. You are promoted.
Looking at the promotion letter, she slowly sat down on her chair with a big smile. The same smile reflected in the screen of her computer in front. She watched that smile too. How happy she was! How beautiful that smile was! How beautiful that reflection of the smile was! But wait something was happening. That smile was changing. It’s the mind. A thought just crashed in. What thought? It says if she gets promoted, her salary would become more than that of her husband’s. Oops. Tension Tension.
The smile slowly fade away; She watched that too in that screen. She again smiled and again slowly converted it to that sad face curve. She repeated it again and again. She was actually trying to figure out how her happiness is limited because of that one person who is supposed to be ‘The Happiness’.
Do you believe? Do you believe in you? Do you believe -‘You’ is your happiness? Do you believe in Dreams? Do you believe – Dreams are for everyone?
Home, Sweet home – they did say this a few times initially.
“Hey, on our first anniversary, our society has kept this award thing. They are going to give me the title of ‘The Perfect Husband’. You know, because of all the good things I, my family did – like not taking dowry, allow you to work and all that stuff. It’s like I’m setting an example,” said the husband.
“Again the word is right allow.”
“Those things…You just did not do bad.”
“Yeah, that’s what I said. And by the way, you forgot your bag at home… you said it had some work papers”
“No, they are not work papers. I wanted to give it to a person from a long time. You know that person who rapes me over and over again.”
“What? What are you saying?”
“We are married. You are my..”
“ Not your property, not your asset.
And it’s called Marital Rape, Mr. Perfect husband. ”
Marital Rape is not punishable under IPC . The humdrum reason is the so-called ‘culture’- it’s believed that such a concept would weaken the institution of marriage. However, a rapist is a rapist, even if he is holding the title of husband of the victim. The de facto or the de jure – that is what one has to figure out. This country needs to first accept that marital rape is real – it exists. In such a marriage, there is no love left. There is lust for one and pain for other. And that pain is like a loop – she goes through it every day and when the entire concept is obscure in the world she lives, it is hard to find a way out. But there is a need for that loop to be broken; to understand the severity of the issue; to accept its existence. Sexual coercion against a woman is an act of the criminal. A ‘no’ means a ‘no’.
One day, she believed this world is beautiful. This world is us. Now, are you going to let that be a lie?