Maya was stunned when Rudra hit her, right across her face.
She sat in one corner of the house wondering how did he think he can hit her and get away with it. She cried but was still wondering if it was her who gave him the vibe that it is okay to hit her.
Weeks passed by and Maya went to her mother’s place and told her mom about the incident. She asked her mother what made him slap her. Her mother told her, “Don’t make a big deal about this. Even as a kid your brother used to hit you and y’all still love each other, don’t you?”
Maya looked across the room and saw her brother’s wife standing and Maya said, “I should have stopped it when I was a kid. Neither Rudra nor Abhi has the right to hit me or any other woman. We should stop justifying this sibling-fight as ‘they are being cute’ or ‘they still love each other’. A brother who hits his sister is more likely to hit his wife too.”
Maya stood up and said sorry to her sister in law.
Domestic violence is a very important topic that needs to be discussed. As Indians, we have had cute little banters with our siblings and parents called it NORMAL or Sibling Love. Domestic Violence of all kinds are still in-built in all our families, whether we know it or no. A brother hitting his sister as a kid tends to hit his wife. A sister who used to talk ill to her brother tends to verbally abuse her husband.
The point isn’t the gender here but the act of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and how it must be stopped right at the start when we see our children do it.
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2 thoughts on “Domestic Violence: Let’s Talk”
You’re right. We shouldn’t normalise something like domestic violence. Beautifully written!
Yeah, violence is violence. I don’t know why anyone is shocked when it escalates.
I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.
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