Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Perfect Marriage

It truly is sad to see how many marriages are disintegrating today, many of these destroyed by the prevalence of domestic violence in many a union. Wife battery is on the increase and it is shocking to learn of the number of women who put up with regular beatings and physical acts of violence from their spouses. A lot of these women suffer in silence, either in fear of rejection or the future of their children.

One remembers the old saying 'being caught between a rock and a hard place'. People tend to blame the woman calling her 'stupid' for not wanting out as soon as the first blow lands on her face. But this decision is easier said than made. One cannot even begin to imagine the inner turmoil a woman in an abusive marriage is going through, not to mention the emotional abuse and mental torture the frequent acts of violence are inflicting on her. I have a newfound respect for women who come out of these relationships against all the odds and manage to re-build their lives.

This article from one of the Kenyan dailies gave an interesting insight into th elives of a couple who were otherwise considered as having a picture perfect marriage. Although the author writes the story from a fictional standpoint, the tale unfolds in a very realistic manner. Personally, I believe there are quite a number of women out there today who can relate to this.


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