‘Your Kids Will Learn To Accept Domestic Violence, If You Remain Silent,’: Shweta Tiwari
Living through trauma is never easy. It comes and goes in waves, sometimes washing up the shore all the bad memories you thought you had buried, and other times taking away with itself the pain and hurt, even if for a fleeting moment. And although memories find a way to come and go, what always stays behind is the learning one might take from their experience. As we gather from the recent post of actress Shweta Tiwari, where she spoke about domestic violence and urged her daughter, and all the women out there to speak up about it as well.
Having been a survivor of domestic abuse in her own former marriage, Shweta Tiwari has been one of the few women who hasn’t shied away from speaking her mind. Standing up against abuse, Shweta’s journey has been anything but a cake walk. Strong and determined enough to not take anyone’s crap, Shweta has walked out of two marriages when they resulted in domestic violence and exploitation. First, she ended her marriage with Raja Chaudhary for abusing her in 2007, and then in 2019, she divorced Abhinav Kohli for allegedly abusing her daughter Palak.
And now, on the occasion of Women’s day that was on 8th March, Shweta seized the moment to speak to all the women out there. She wrote in a heartfelt post, “But, if you remain silent, your kids will learn to remain silent. They will learn to accept domestic violence. And, if you take a step against it, your kids will become strong and be able to differentiate between wrong and right.”
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She further said, “I have been through a lot in life, and at every step when I felt vulnerable, I pulled myself together to gather the courage and stand up for what is right, for the sake of my daughter. She has seen me through the thick and thin of my journey, has only grown up to be stronger today.”
Talking about why it’s also important to learn to stand for yourself, because people might not always be around to protect you, she wrote, “I may not always be around to be your shield, but I hope my experiences and right actions become a guiding light in your life, where you find the strength and integrity to face any situation. Unless you fight for yourself, people will not believe you.”
Spoken like a true survivor, mother and a woman who has managed to endure it all and emerge a warrior. It is about time we choose to speak up against all the injustices and take back what is ours.