The Other Face of Kind and Loving Men by Dipali.

It isn’t just husbands who are perpetrators of domestic violence.
As soon as a daughter/sister grows out of her childhood,
she becomes
the repository of the family honour,
An honour so flimsy and so weak
that it requires the protection of whips and steel
and guard dogs, and locked rooms
and watchful eyes that follow her every move.
God forbid that she speak to a male classmate
Even an innocuous chat can be misconstrued
as violating the family’s honour.
An inquisition may follow
that leaves her stunned and furious and defiant
and ready to defy such diktats.

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