Two hours later, the court had reached its verdict. The judge declared, “Keeping in view the case of Mrs. Arpita vs Mr. Susheel Chand and Mr. Manjeet Chahal, the court has reached the verdict of charging the accused- Susheel Chand and Manjeet Chand with abetment to suicide, the latter being sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment with a penalty of ₹50,000 and the former being sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment with a penalty of ₹50,000. The court directs the police to recognise the associates of Mr. Anand from Mrs. Arpita both in life and at workplace and impose a fine of ₹7,000 each for the criminal offence of abetment to suicide. The court also requests the police to locate and arrest Mr. Manjeet Chahal and present him in front of the court as soon as possible. The court is dismissed.” Arpita sat on her chair silently, eyes filled with tears and mildly sobbing with satisfaction but she knew nothing of tomorrow now as the purpose of justice to her husband was fulfilled.
She returned to her apartment and departed to her room. She sat at the desk where the album of Anand and Arpita lay, holding all the memories they built together: from when they were just friends at 18 years of age till now, 15 years later. She carefully went through each picture, from their first photograph as students at the farewell party; the first time Anand hugged her and confessed his feelings towards her after his previous relationship was over. The first time they went on a date, the first time Anand popped up the question, “will you marry me?,” at the age of 25, their pictures of wedding 2 years hence and then their honeymoon photos.
Once Arpita was done, she carefully put it back. Finally, while returning to her bed, her eyes fell on their dearest picture frame resting on the side table. Holding it close to her heart, she fell asleep.
When she entered the staffroom, the next day at work, her colleagues rose up from their chair and clapped in a unison for her courage and perseverance. Everybody shared kind words with her and promised to be there through anything.
Seven months later, in April of the following year, Arpita gave birth to her child. She was aided through pregnancy