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Author: Surya Prakash

Title: Incestuous Relations in Silence! The Court is in Session and Thirty Days has September

Subtitle: A Comparative Study

Journal: Language in India

Volume: 15

Issue: 7

Year: July 2015

Pages: 298-316

ISSN: 1930-2940 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Indian History | Offenders: Uncles; Representations: Literature / Mahesh Dattani, Vijay Tendulkar; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Incestual Rape; Victims: Girls, Nieces


Link: Language in India (Free Access)


Abstract: »Nobody could deny that the safest place for children is their home and the most trusted people in life of children are their parents and siblings but the media and government reports indicate that it is no longer true now. The mask of Indian tradition and culture hides increasing number and variety of heinous crimes of incestuous relations. There was self-denial about these crimes in our communities. This pathetic condition is noticed by literary giants like Vijay Tendulkar and Mahesh Dattani who could not ignore it and so they presented the situation to alarm and warn the people through their plays. The present article is an attempt to investigate how Tendulkar and Dattani have handled the incest in their plays Silence! The Court is in Session and Thirty Days Has September.« (Source: Language in India)


  Abstract (p. 298)
  Frequent Occurrence of Incest (p. 299)
    Paedophilia (p. 300)
  Shocking Frequency and Statistics (p. 300)
  Post-independence Creative Writers on Incest Relations (p. 302)
  Dattani's Forceful and Effective Play – After-effect of Incest Imposition (p. 302)
  Tendulkar's Theatre – The Shadoq of Unwedded Pregnancy (p. 303)
  Personal Relatives – Maternal Uncle (p. 304)
  What Went Wrong? (p. 304)
  Benare's Songs (p. 305)
  Government Report (p. 306)
  Mahesh Dattani's Thirty Days in September (p. 307)
  RAHI's Role (p. 308)
  Climax of the Play (p. 308)
  Why are Children Sexually Exploited in Home? (p. 310)
  Guilt Consciousness (p. 312)
  Shantha's Guilt Silence and Consciousness (p. 312)
  Effect of Revelation (p. 313)
  Indian Morality and Objects of Male Gaze (p. 313)
  Leela Benare and Mala – Girls with Modern Sensibility (p. 313)
  What Should Be Done? (p. 314)
  Works Cited (p. 315)

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