The alphabet of the day is B
B stands for : Bride Burning
A piece of fiction on Bride Burning
In today’s exhibition , the painting with the title ‘Bride Burning’ was adjudged the best one. The painting depicted the face of a woman lost in flames. The painter , Jaya , was asked to come on the stage and say a few words. Someone from the audience asked “Is Bride Burning still practiced in 21st century ? Isn’t it a concern of the past ?”
Here were Jaya’s words in reply :
I am a Woman , a Bride too , I have my own existence , My #Astitva
You don’t burn a Bride just by a matchstick
Whenever you insulted me , you tried to burn my respect
When you assaulted me physically , you burnt the dignity of our relationship.
When you just didn’t care about my emotions , you burnt the love that I had stored exclusively for you .
When you doubted my character , you burnt the bond of trust between us .
When you came home drunk & showed your real character , you burnt the definition of The Better Half
My thoughts on Bride Burning :-
The statistics may have come down but the crime Bride Burning is still practiced in India and many other south asian countries . Brides are burnt alive by husband or in-laws for dowry or when the couple is not blessed with a male child . The strange part is that the bride is totally held responsible for it . On one hand , people worship Durga Maa , the goddess and on the other hand , they just don’t think even little before burning the brides . Are these the norms of a civilised society ? Are we really educated in the 21st century ?
Much has been done on women empowerment . Then why are these crimes still form a part of the society ? Because there is no fear of punishment . The need is to form strict laws giving quick justice to the victims and hard punishments to the accused of such crimes . If everybody knows that the punishment for Bride Burning would be to face the heat and scars on one’s own body too , then hands would automatically be controlled before lighting up a matchstick .
You can read about my post on ABUSE here