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Chaos and Disorder in Women’s Life During Division of India

Journal: IMPACT : International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Literature ( IMPACT : IJRHAL ) (Vol.6, No. 7)

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Page : 269-274

Keywords : Partition; Women; Atrocities; Rapes; Abduction; Humiliation; Hindu; Muslim;

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India, having been ruled by the British for nearly two hundred years, got its freedom only in 1947 with numerous losses. Markedly partition is one of them. The partition horror associated with the migration of people has been a major theme in Indian writings. Although the treatment, different writers make use of, differs from one another but the subject is the same. Amrita Pritam is one such creative woman writer whose individual contribution to the range of Partition literature in the Punjabi language is singular and far greater than that of any other woman writer. Violence against women is a worldwide problem that affects women of all ages, ethnicities, races, nationalities and socio- economic backgrounds and during Partition many sisters, daughters, wives and mothers were lost, kidnapped or simply fell behind when families ran from one side to the other. Atrocity does not have any face or religion. It is faceless and Amrita Pritam herself experienced the trauma that people suffered during those fateful days and she was made of a stuff that enabled the women of 1947 to experience humiliation and violation and yet survive. She had the rare gift of the ability to give tender expression to human sorrow and separation. She wrote with courage and without any introversion. She witnessed the human tragedy during Partition and aftermath and portrayed its pathos and the ruin of human spirit it caused in her literary works.Her novel “Pinjar” clearly deals with the dislocation and violence against women during Partition. Intolerance, cruelty, kidnapping and rape of women left thousands of innocent lives as their luck. So the main objective of this paper is to portray the character of Hindu female protagonist of her novel Pinjar who highlights the patriarchal hypocrisy and challenges the national obsession with borders even after becoming a victim in the hands of a Muslim. This paper will also highlight how a Muslim boy abducts a Hindu girl and how she chooses to remain with him rather than be shifted in India after Partition. It also tries to depict a love story of a couple thrown in a situation, not of their making, but they rise above the situation with love and care.

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