CHOICES

CHOICES

Both of them recalled the choices they made, he was happy holding his partner’s hand as the priest announced them man and husband, they kissed and gave life to a new relationship in Canada, while she lay on the ground covered in piss, sweat, blood and the semen of her husband in India. There was a difference in the choices both made; one questions the choices made for her while the other rejoices the choices made by him.

All she asked was to be left alone, to be given the freedom to make her choices. Little did she know that her freedom was restricted to men and the freedom of choice was just an illusion to keep her in the shackles of societal norms all her life, they said you were given the freedom to wear what you want, study what you want but you were not given the basic freedom of loving whom you want. They thought her choices as a sin to humanity and prayed to the unbiased lord above to free their child from this curse as she continued to fall in love with the girl she met in a train. Their love was pure and innocent and both of them were complete with the company of each other, they didn’t require any sexual attraction to prove that they were perfect for each other. But the biased and judgmental society thinks otherwise.

She was forced into the marriage and he used her in every possible way, he was the hook and she was the bait while the other fishes in the sea had a taste of her. She lay there, useless to society, scathed, decaying and rotten.  She lay there silently questioning the society for the choices made by them on her behalf in the name of “good will” and “good faith.” The society stays unaware of the consequences of the choices they made for her and for many like her. If only she was given the freedom she was promised, she would be with the one she loved.

She wondered whether she was being rewarded for being a “sanskari” girl and obeying the rules of society or she was punished for the sins she committed by loving whom she chose. Is this what a proud religious society offers? Is this what the society means when they say cleanse the air for the sins they have committed against the “god” who stays silent and watches his biased society by the unbiased choices he makes for his children? Because the fate she is in proves otherwise. Her queries remain unanswered as she drifts into an endless sleep from which even the society can never wake her up.

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Madhurima Menon
I am pretty much a Panda. Just a few differences. I write.

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