I choose to deny.

The Court proposed that I marry him.
How do I wed the man who robbed me of my dignity?
How do I accept him as a partner?
He is the one who ravaged my body and soul
He made me bleed – both mentally and physically
He molested me, took away my pride
He raped me.
How is a ‘Mangalsutra’ a justified punishment?
Did I fight my case for this?
Did I struggle against the society for this?
Damn the proposal of the so-called justice bench!
I choose to deny.

About Surabhi Pandey 291 Articles
A former TV Presenter at Doordarshan Delhi​, Surabhi is the author of 'Nascent Wings' and 'Saturated Agitation'. She is a freelance journalist focused on Lifestyle and Social commentaries. She has been writing in this space for six years. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Times of India, YP SG, Lifestyle Collective, Youth Ki Awaaz and Re:ad Poetry among others. She also writes Tech articles that have appeared on Tech Collective, Kr Asia, SBO.SG, SYNC PR, Entrepreneur and e27. She is the founder of The Vent Machine.

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