Dear Amma and Appa,
I chose to leave him, wishing to lead a better life for our son and myself.
You chose to disown me, in hopes that I would go back to him.
I will not go back to him because of the emotional and physical pain I experienced while with him.
I will not go back to him to protect our child from witnessing physical abuse towards me.
I will not go back to him because of his choice of neglecting our child whenever he was upset with me.
I will not go back to him for the sake of maintaining your honour in society.
I will not go back to him just because of your misconstrued view, that a woman needs a man.
I will not go back to him just to appease your distorted view that a woman should remain in the shadows of her husband, even in the face of abuse.
I will not go back to him solely because of your inconceivable view that a child unequivocally needs both their mother and father to live together in the same house, even if that means enduring unspeakable trauma.
Amma and Appa - you chose to raise your children in an abusive environment.
However, I will not blindly follow your footsteps!
I am forging my own path - one that is best for my child, and one that is best for me.
I am rising above the oppressive sense of shame associated with separation.
I am rising above the insensitive whispers of our community.
I am rising towards the strength of empowerment of women and children.
Amma and Appa, I can only hope that one day you will realize that I have made the best choice for your grandchild!
Your Liberated Daughter