Doosra Dozakh (January 2002)
Doosra Dozakh (January 2002)
Doosra Dozakh (January 2002)
It’s an intensely emotional story, narrating the pain of a young girl who has been burnt by her in- laws. Based on a very deep rooted social issue ‘Doosra Dozakh’ tries to tap the emotions of the common reader who is actually a victim and the perpetrator at the same time. Indeed it’s us the common people that are responsible for this heinous crime usually known as “dowry”. Saman is a 20 year old girl, who’s been married for 2 years. Despite her stunning beauty, good nature and caring demeanor, her husband and in laws are not happy with her. They belong to the ubiquitous group of parasites who blatantly exploit the girl’s family to support and take care of their son. For them marriage is actually a short cut to luxuries earned by someone else. Living in a joint family she tries hard to please them and doesn’t lose hope even in the most hostile environment. She thinks her plight has ended, when all of a sudden her in-laws change their attitude and accept her. It was a facade unfortunately and while she is totally unaware of their evil intentions, her husband and mother in law successfully pull of the attempt to burn her. The entire story is a monologue, trying to analyze what went wrong, and where. Saman’s excruciating question which she is unable to retrieve in the beginning is the pinnacle of the story. The fact that she is forced to cover up her husband’s blatant crime for the sake of her only son highlights another burning issue of compulsions that women have to bear in our society. Saman’s family’s despair and helplessness and the cruelty of her greedy in-laws are penned so well that it brings tears to the eyes.