The Portrayal of Female Trauma in Partition Short Stories
Keywords:Partition, trauma, honour, women
Women have always been associated with honour in many cultures. They have had to bear the responsibility of preserving the respect of their family. Simultaneously, an impending fear of being punished in severe ways for any mistake committed by them goes hand in hand. The Partition era opened up a space for communities to avenge the dead by destroying each other’s sense of honour. Women of Hindu, Sikh or Islamic origin became the focal point of every type of destruction. Women thus played an important part during the Partition by transforming themselves into various roles; an abductee, a victim of molestation and/or someone who converted to a different faith in order to save herself.
Short stories of writers like Lokuram Dodeja, Savinder Singh Uppal and Jamila Hashmi highlight the plight of women during the most traumatic times in history. The marginal status of each of the female protagonist surfaces through their stories. Their marginalized voices are provided a much-needed center stage in order for them to be heard and understood.