As she tries to find a way out of a misty maze that her life had turned into, she learns about many other Indian women who have been victims of brutality too, some faring much worse than her.
She finally learns the reason for the bestiality—Naveen wishes to get rid of her so that he could marry a girl half her age and twice as lovely. He wishes for a divorce. But how could she divorce him? In rural India, called Bharat, where this story is set, a lone woman is ill treated. A divorcee is stigmatized and exploited. Anyway, the women in Bharat are taught to depend first on their father, then their husband, and then their son. It was unheard of for a woman to be independent. Her father and brother were dead, her son was very young, and she had no male relatives to depend on.
She knocks on every door for help—the police, the social workers, her family, Naveen’s family, the home for destitute women—but learns that in the male dominated society of India, the odds are weighed heavily against her.
Finding no help from anywhere, she is determined to fight for herself, her son and her widowed mother.
But suddenly, she finds herself on the street, as her house burns down.
How does she fight them all? How does she succeed? How does she manage to turn the tables on Naveen, so that he is forced to limp back, with his tail between his legs? Does she take him back?
Read on, and find out….