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  • 04/2017
  • 9781520871639 1520871635
  • 173 pages
  • $10
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  • 04/2017
  • 9781520871639 1520871635
  • 173 pages
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MIDNIGHT'S SCREAM: A Complicated Study of Violence against Women (PART)
Mikail Ali, author
Midnight's Scream depicts poor plight of women in India and increasing violence against women in general. It is a fiction based on facts. Marital rape, domestic violence, unemployment problems, rape, prostitution, sexual harassment in work place are major issues raised in the book. The story will touch readers' heart. Chapter – 1 Aslam calls Juber to accompany him as he is going to meet his newlywed sister, Sana, on an emergency. After reaching Sana’s room they saw her in a wretched condition – she was brutally beaten by her husband on very first night of her marriage. Aslam can see brown marks of slapping and beating and dry drops of blood on her body and bed. She must be taken to hospital. Aslam informs the matter to his parents. Aslam meets his brother-in-law to get permission for taking Sana to hospital but he neglects saying that this pain is normal on first night with any women and she will be fine afterwards. Aslam asks him the reason of beating her, he insults him. Meantime Sana’s parents reaches and Sana’s mother informs her father that she was not physically fit on very first night with her husband due to menstruation and heavy pain in lower abdomen and she refused to offer sex. So her husband has beaten her. Sana’s father asks for forgiveness and gets permission from his son-in-law to take Sana to hospital. Sana accuses her father and brothers for getting her married with a man who cannot feel her problem. The doctor tells them that it is case of marital rape and to take legal action but Sana’s father and brother refuse to take any action against Sana’s husband to save their marriage as it costs them a lot of money. Chapter – 2 Juber narrates the whole incident to Sohail, Sana’s old lover and he feels very sad for her poor plight. Sohail cannot believe this as he knew her very well. He becomes reminiscent and recalls old happy days with Sana. They studied together from the same college and how they enjoyed first sex and often Sana used to call him whenever she was alone at home. How she can refuse sex – wonders Sohail. Also remembers how close Sana was to his heart. Sana narrated the grave incident of burning alive Fatima, her sister-in-law by her brother as she failed to quench his money thirst. How her brother burst a gas cylinder to show Fatima’s killing as an accident. Sana didn’t hesitate to share such family secret with Sohail as they became very close to each other. Chapter – 3 As Sohail was lost in past in his small room, his mother enters and notices his sad face and asks the reason. Sohail informs her what has happened to Sana – she was brutally beaten and raped by her husband. But his mother doesn’t want to accept that a woman can be raped by her husband. She doubts that her husband may have found any secret relation of Sana with other boyfriends as she was very open and kept relationship with many boys. But Sohail disagrees with her mother as he knows her well. His mother thought that Sohail still loves Sana and that’s why he is so much feeling for her. She also informs that they tried to marry Sana with him but Sana’s father rejected as Sohail was from a poor family. Sohail gets a call for interview in Delhi and he gets ready for overnight journey to attend the interview as he was in need of a job. Chapter – 4 He reaches station but the ticket counters are overcrowded and stands in long queue to get a ticket. Actually there are some competitive exams and jobless youth are going to attend it in large number. That’s why ticket counter, railway platform and waiting room are overcrowded. The train was so overcrowded that it was very difficult to go inside the coach. Anyhow he made a horrible overnight journey and reached Delhi to attend interview. But lot of candidates came to attend interview. So he was waiting for his turn but the list was so long that his interview was not conducted that day and was asked to come next day. So he planned to stay in Delhi but hotels and other places were full and too much costly to afford. So he settled down on footpath to pass the night with some beggars and labourers. As it was very cold he was not able to sleep. Chapter – 5 It was midnight – he heard screaming sound from an oncoming bus. It was the cry of a girl for help who became a prey but he cannot do anything to save the victim. He started praying for her as his devout father taught him but he cannot pray. After sometime he heard another screaming sound of a girl and dares to go and help her. He saw three men were badly beating a girl and torturing her. He awakes those men who were sleeping with him and saves that girl from those animals. They admitted her in hospital and reported the matter to the police. After gaining consciousness the girl gives statement to the police that she is from Nepal. She was sold by her parents due to unbearable poverty expecting that she will get a job in hotel or at a rich man’s house as maid. But she was thrown to prostitution by force. Chapter - 6 Sohail comes for interview. Crowd is as usual as new candidates came. He has to wait two more hours. He purchased a newspaper to find out some more job advertisement but he is shocked to see the news headlines –“Delhi girl brutally beaten and raped in a moving bus.” He felt very sorry as last night he heard her scream but was unable to help her. He saw other job advertisement in the news paper and plans to attend after this interview. He is interviewed and he is told that after two days result will be intimated. He goes for another interview and gets selected if he can take training at his own cost. He comes to the station to catch a train to return home. At station he meets Mr Ankit Dixit and becomes friend who offers help to get a job in his company and Sohail happily accepts this. Chapter – 7 Sohail reached home early in the morning. His came to know that Sana tried to suicide by jumping from the second floor of the hospital as her brother forced her to go back to her husband’s house. He felt very sad for her. He was informed about his selection for a job but he had to pay money for of training immediately. He got another call from Juber who was in hospital with Sana and informs him that Sana wants to meet him. He visited Sana at hospital and came to know that Sana was not ready to marry that man but her father forced her. That’s why she stopped all relationship with him. He visited Sana in hospital many times to soothe her heart and she was recovering but she had to take bed rest due fracture in leg and hand. He got a job in Delhi with the help of Mr Ankit and joined as a salesman. He was introduced to Sonali, his supervisor and very soon he became a good friend of her. He started enjoying his new job but the situation was not so good. Most of the old employees were unhappy with their job. He used to phone Sana often. Chapter – 8 Sohail used to visit different area for the purpose of selling assigned goods with his senior Anjali. Daily we were selling goods – sometimes more, sometimes less and even nothing also. He came to know that Anjali has a small baby at home. Due accident her husband is not able to work and she has to take care of the whole family. We came to know about each other’s family. By evening we prepare sales report and submit it to the manager and go home. Sometimes the manager will ask Anjali to meet him afterwards which she never likes but bounds to stay. One day she was looking very sad and wanted to know the reason. She told a horrible thing – the manager is sexually exploiting her for many days and yesterday made a video recording and threatened to blackmail her. She narrates the poor financial condition of the family and regrets over past. How her father spent a lot of money for her marriage which now seems useless. She insisted her husband to sell his village ancestral property and purchase flat in Delhi. But that amount was not enough so her husband took a home loan and still paying EMI which is due after his accident. She used to live a luxurious life in Delhi spending a lot of money for shopping, outing and others without thinking about saving for future. Now she has no money to feed his family as lot of money is spent for the critical treatment of her husband. She regrets. PART – 2 (writing in progress)
Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2017
  • 9781520871639 1520871635
  • 173 pages
  • $10
Ebook Details
  • 04/2017
  • 9781520871639 1520871635
  • 173 pages
  • $2.99

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