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Why is the treatment of a widow different from the widower? The bias starts from the day of marriage. The mangal sutra, the vermilion on the forehead and the bright long streak on the partition, the bichiya all scream to say that this woman is married.
She was devastated; everything was over within a span of 15 days. But she had a responsibility to her two teen kids, and so she gathered her courage.
The condition of women before the Widow Remarriage Act was awful and they felt unheard. However, things changed gradually for them.
As they were often seen together in public, our family got more peeved. My grandmother branded her own daughter as a shameless slut. As if she was committing adultery, even though she was a widow with no husband around.
My mother tried hard to dissuade me, but I refused to relent. Our neighbour was then called in, and she appeared even more shocked at the prospect of participating in my Valaikaapu than my mother had been.
They made her feel that she had committed a grave blunder by stepping out to enjoy. The guilt of not mourning properly weighed down heavily on her.
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