Asha Rajak (‘Hope’)
Life has taught me that women are the enemies of other women. My husband and I were happy at first, but when I couldn’t give him a child he began to beat me. Then he took another wife, and we all lived together in the same house. A few months later I found out I was pregnant. This made the other wife very jealous. We carried on like this for two years until my husband fell sick and died. By this time I was pregnant again and had a second baby boy, which only made the other wife even more jealous. One afternoon she crept into the room where I was asleep with the baby and set fire to the bed. […] it was too late and my son burned to death. My brothers-in-law beat the woman and threw her out of the house […] I suffered fifty-percent burns all over my body and my mother had to sell all her land to pay the hospital fees. […] I was left with these hands that still do not open.
My husband appears in my dreams and tells me I should have stayed with my son. He wants us to be together. But my son never appears in my dreams […] Mostly I dream about Krishna. He tells me to chant to him and to worship him and he will give me moksha.
Text and Image from Moksha - Fazal Sheikh, Online Edition.