“It’s just around the corner! I’ll be back even before you know!”
“Did you not hear me correctly? I said no. No arguments.”
“Why don’t you let me step out? It’s been 10 months and I haven’t even seen the neighbours!”
“Shut up! Why do you want to see the neighbours, huh? Want to test your beauty by wooing other men? Not satisfied with me? You won’t lose your bewitching character, will you? “
“Stay at home. Use the things available at home. Keep the door locked. Don’t you dare step out of the house or let anyone inside! Remember it all unless you want your face to be black and blue.”
“Yes, I know."
It has been a year since that day. Supriya lives alone in an apartment that she has rented. Her life is far better than what it was like a year back. She is young and frivolous. She loves her job, meets new people and lives life to the fullest.
She was glad to have finally got the strength to file for divorce from her over-protective husband. Subhash wasn’t a bad man but having a better looking spouse got his inferiority complex to overpower his senses. He was perturbed about other men looking at her wife and that eventually his wife would go away with one of them. His uncertainties got the worse out of him. He became suspicious of Supriya’s presence among other men and ended up locking her in a house far away from her native city.
After finally stepping up for her rights, Supriya went to her parents for help but alas! They disowned her telling her that she will tarnish their reputation in the society. Had it not been for her parents, she wouldn’t even have married this early. Although forcefully, but when she met Subhash, she felt she had found her soul mate, but the glitter in her eyes hid the darkness of her would be. Seeing no aid in her own parents, she reached for help to a well-known NGO for women. The people there not only gave her shelter, but the strength to fight the injustice she had faced. After a lot of counselling, Supriya decided she wanted a divorce. When the notice of the same was sent to Subhash, he was shocked beyond measures. He never thought that the timid girl he had married could be a rebel. He asked to talk to Supriya.
Their conversation on phone:
“I got the papers.”
“I sent them.”
“Don’t do this Supriya! I’ll change, I promise!”
“You promised me a lot of things when we were getting married Subhash, the sacred ‘Seven Vows’. I doubt, you ever thought about keeping those promises.”
“I know. I am sorry for all I’ve done. I just want another chance. I’ll change myself. I’ll keep you happy this time.”
“You threatened me with my life when I escaped the house. What makes you think I’ll even consider looking at you again, let alone live with you?”
“I was stupid to do all that. I’m sorry.”
“I am glad to have done this. I’m not sorry.”
“I hope that when you find the woman, the one for you, you’ll keep the promises you are willing to make to me today.”
“Please give me one more chance Supriya. I don’t want to lose you.”
“You lost me the day you hit me for the first time. Get over it and start a new life like I will. We learn from our past, I hope we don’t make the same mistake again.”
“I love you.”
“I loved you.”
”I’ll wait for the papers. Have a good life. Goodbye. ”
Supriya stood up for herself, against the violence and shame she was being subject to in her own house. She was brave enough to #StartANewLife and leave behind the evils of her dreadful past.
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