A woman's autonomy in a chauvinist society
Dignity! Independence! Defiance and control... have become synonyms to Ratan - a woman who cries inside yet her spirit is made of steel. In the time of her need, today the people who could have been her strength are all looking for an opportunity to break her... no one will anyways stand by her yet they want to bend her!
To begin with there was Bansuri... the next door aunty who provides fodder for the rumour mills. She's insecure, jealous and has a problem with Ratan for no apparent reason. Ratan is the wife of a man who was once on a superior position than her husband's and she somewhere still caries that grudge! To me her envy is rooted in her insecurity. Yet its sad that being a woman, she cannot see the pain of another woman. And instead of being a support she's trying all she can to create more obstacles in her life.
Then came the sick Bhaktavar! Eager to take advantage of Ratan's emotional state and her loneliness! He's a pervert. A lecher... who thinks a woman is nothing without a man... and if she's alone and steps out of her house to work, well she's available at his disposal and when she dares to disagree, he becomes adamant to pull off all the pillars of her support! A sick chauvinist!
came in Gurpreet... the sulking aunty... who listens to everyone, wallows in self pity and has constructed her own miseries. How would she read someone else's pains?
In more than one ways
these represent the stinking section of our male dominating, chauvinist
society, who abhor the notion of women being able to stand along the
side of the men and enjoy equal rights and status. To say that we have entered in 21st century is one thing but the stinking mentality remains still the same.
What should a woman do then? If Sampooran betrayed Ratan, he left her, it's still her who's bearing the brunt... to such an extent that she's come to believe, she's the one who was wrong... why is Ratan to suffer for the mistake she never did and yet be mocked by the society?