“What would you do if I get into a steaming extra-marital affair?” A husband asks, casually.
The wife shrugs, unable to understand what to say. How to react.
“Why? Won’t you feel bad?”
“Of course, I would feel bad. I’d think what went wrong, but I won’t be able to live with you then.” The wife says.
“Can you live without me?” The husband asks.
The wife ponders. No. It’d be very difficult.
“You would leave me? How could you? You love me so much!” The husband says.
“Don’t you love me?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Then why are you asking such questions?” The wife says.
It may be a casual, frank conversation between a couple, but don’t you think there’s an indirect message hidden in ‘his’ thoughts. Maybe unintentional, but it reflects something. Don’t you think?
Sometimes, this thought can be the root of cheating or any other unfairness inflicted upon an average Indian woman. A thought “Where would she go?” “She won’t leave me in any circumstances.”
Why some men think their female partners won’t leave them even if they do something unjustified?
Because she loves his partner so much that she can’t live without him.
You love him and need/demand same level of love in return. You won’t accept betrayal and violence. Will you?
Because she is not financially independent and earning money is not that easy.
It’s not easy but you will educate yourself enough to be financially independent if circumstances demand. Won’t you?
Because she can’t raise the children alone.
Oh, really? You mean a mother can’t raise her children properly? What a joke! In India, men are so engrossed in their work that women usually do it alone. What do you say?
What people will say? In India everyone asks about the father.
It’s true. But you will make yourself confident and strong enough to challenge the society. Won’t you? They will understand eventually.
Because she would not want to hurt her parents.
Parents would get hurt for sure, but they would and they should support you in any circumstances. Marrying off a daughter doesn't mean she is no more. Don’t you think so?
She can’t live alone because people in the society tend to raise eyebrows at single/divorced women.
It’s unfortunately true. Especially in the middle class society. Maybe things are changing slowly but when will it change completely?
She will put her ultimate effort to save the marriage.
Yes, you will, but you will seek and expect the same effort from him. Won’t you?
Moving on to take a new start sounds inspiring but perhaps it’s not that easy. It takes a lot of courage. Remember, there’s always a new morning beaming with possibilities. Geared up with new start. A woman is very strong. Stronger than she thinks. A woman just needs to raise her spirit and a concrete step against unfairness. She can bring change.
Written for: https://housing.com/