Women's Chastity - Men's Honour. Violence against Women in the Partition. Hindi and Panjabi Short Story
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Reports and memories of turmoil accompanying the 1947 Partition of British India into India and Pakistan abound in numerous descriptions of multiform violence against women. Most hindi and Panjabi Partition short stories are also rich in descriptions of individual acts of violence against women as well as of an organised institutional process of violence carried out in the name of the law. When analysing the themes occurring in both hindi and Panjabi short stories, one notices the absence of taboo subjects such as the killing of women by their own family, the future of recovered women or forced abortions and the forced giving up of children. These characteristic omissions in literature added to the silence of the women, caused partially by the traditional moral norms of the patriarchal community, also bring forward the question of the sense of guilt and co-responsibility of Panjabi males.
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