A reflection on the different forms that violence against women takes in militarized societies like that in Assam in Northeast India. A young girl living with an abusive father is married off to an abusive husband. Like other women living with quotidian violence, she devises coping mechanisms: often the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred. The unbearable burden of a life abused (and its grim ending) can be made bearable only through recourse in the unreal and the magical.

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