What is “choice”? What is “resistance”? These are not simple questions. Most incidents of gender violence are not black and white. Roshni's story highlights one of the more nuanced aspects of gender violence, and the dilemma of reaching conclusions and resolutions.
"Aabroo was told that her family had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda and, in all possibility, murdered."
The normativity of violence against women that circumscribes not just this case, but the entire society in general, is eerily familiar; so much, that at first glance it doesn’t shock.
“She was fourteen, she was raped repeatedly by a twenty four year old, she was pregnant. Just fourteen.”
A mother brought a rapist home, locked him in a room with her daughter and asked him to rape her.
To protect her family from harm or death, she endured rape, violence and blackmail...
"Reshma did not have space for her sister, not even on the rubbish heap."
Her mother told her father to cut her into pieces and throw them into the river. A neat and clean disposal. No traces. The entire family agreed.
He threw his youngest daughter into the toilet causing her several injuries. Her hearing and speaking abilities continue to be impaired even today due to that incident.