“I swear to speak nothing but the truth,” Arpita pledged in the Court's presence and then the defence lawyer approached to question her.
He leaned on the edge of the box,” So, Mrs. Anand, you have been married to him for 5 years now, am I correct?” Arpita nodded in affirmative. “So, if we just keep aside what all you knew about him and focus on your ignorance to the absence of Anand, the night he died, what would you answer?” Arpita was taken aback but managed to recollect herself to give back confidently, “I did notice his absence momentarily when I opened my eyes late at night. The clock said 2.30 am. I thought he must have gone either to the kitchen or the washroom and slept off without any reconsideration, believing he would return. I cannot tell if he returned because I was fast asleep and he never had the habit of causing any inconvenience while I slept.” “Do I say, you turned a blind eye to your husband's clinical depression?,” countered the prosecutor shrewdly. “Objection, your Honour!,” the prosecutor opposed nervously. “Sustained,” said the Judge and allowed the defence lawyer to proceed. “Sir, I did not know of his depression until a few days back. It is unfair to bring up a point which wasn’t in my knowledge whilst he lived,” Arpita replied, holding back her tears. The defence lawyer remarked, “Again, it is also unfair that you didn’t support your husband when he must have needed you the most. I have evidence from Dr. Markande's reports that Mr. Anand resisted troubling you with his problems which sharply indicates that you didn’t care enough for him!” Arpita couldn’t hold back her anger anymore and spoke in a loud and heart-wrenching tone, “How would you know what all I did for him?! I always made sure that he was fine and always open to make his problems as mine. He always smiled and gently dismissed the matter but he couldn’t hold it back in him. And I was always there for him! Even on 20th July, when he returned home, I made sure he was fine. Not only we had consummated our marital bond that night, but he had even cried out loud saying that this world was cruel enough to make him an independent slave: first for the wishes of his parents to