Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2020)
Trauma of women and children in Bapsi Sidhwa’s cracking India
Author(s): A Samundeswari
Abstract: The major focus of this paper is about issues of violence against women during the communal riots that followed by the aftermath of Partition of India in 1947. When people are speaking about partition they give importance to chat on the boundary between the two nations India Pakistan and their properties alone. Most of the times we forget to remember the plight of women and children of that time. Women are symbolized as the mother of a nation in Hindu society. But during the riot situation their symbolization was assaulted by both the sides. The untold story of partition witnessed to the huge massacre of many women and children. They were gang raped, physically assaulted by the males to prove their strength. A man from Hindu or Muslim religion wants to insult women of other religion respectively. Women were lost their dignity as a worshipped one to dishonored creature. Their body became platform to take revenge by the Hindu, Muslim men. Without any doubt, Partition and its aftermath deteriorate the lives of ordinary women. Partition literature plays a vital role to unveil the sufferings of marginalized women and children. Literature which is used as the background of partition scenario helps us to understand effectively the impact and its aftermath vividly. The portrayal of characters reflected the sufferings of real time people during the partition and afterwards. Government and many NGO's come forward to support the women sufferers and strive to bring back their lives.