Sayar Singh Chopra

Research Scholar

Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India


Shashi Sikriwal

Research Scholar

University of Delhi, Delhi



The women’s body have been represented as mother, seductive material, sexual and procreative in accordance with feminist critic. Sex is biological, but the values and meanings associated with the female and male body are socially ascribed. Gender is the system of values and meaning. Indian women, unlike their western counterparts have always been socially and psychologically oppressed, sexually colonise and biologically subjugated against a male dominant social set-up. The novel of Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors speaks for those women who are the victims in the hands male power where the protagonists of this novel is meek and submissive. Marital Rape, which is also known as spousal rape, is non- consensual sex in which the executor is the victim’s spouse. On the other side, The Dark Holds No Terrors explores the problems of women in terms of illiteracy, ideological brainwashing in patriarchal societal structures, the problem of dowry, the complexity of the issue of caste and economic status. The characters of women in the novel long for their recognition from the male dominated society. They need their freedom and fight for their Justice. The present work is thus an attempt at bringing to light the subversive reactions of women across different cultures, of different environments and the oppression of all kinds.

Keywords: Women, Male, Sex, Violence, Justice, Dark Hold No Terrors.


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Body of Evidence: Sexual Violence and the Search for Justice in Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors