Ruswai, Episode 16: Sameera Returns To Salman And An Abusive Marriage
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Ruswai, Episode 16: Sameera Returns To Salman And An Abusive Marriage

In Ruswai, Sameera returns to her husband, but instead of welcoming her return, Salman pursues a relationship with another woman and begins abusing Sameera

Ruswai tells the tale of a rape victim and her struggle in society and her own family after her return.  Unfortunately, viewers have been pushed to their limit recently with the overdose of saas-bahu drama and turning a strong character into a victim.  When Sameera was forced to stop working as a doctor, Sameera made the logical decision to distance herself from her husband and return to her parents’ home.  However, with her return to Salman, Sameera’s future seems bleak in a loveless, abusive marriage. 

It’s discovered that Wardah is pregnant and an overjoyed Hamza (Osama Tahir) announces this to the family and all are overjoyed, except Sameera, who has begun to show heavy signs of bitterness.  Hearing the news, Sameera is now back with her in-laws, being treated like dirt by Salman and not being supported by her in-laws either.  When Sameera’s sister’s proposal comes to the house, they recognize Sameera and begin questioning her about the incident.  Embarrassed and angry, Salman and Salma (Irsa Ghazal) leave the house.  Back at their home, Salman verbally thrashes Sameera, despite her explaining that she did not give any interview and then, murdering any chance of redemption for Salman, he proceeds to strangle and hit her.  Sameera is now officially “trapped” in a loveless, abusive marriage on all accounts.  But why is she trapped there?  For what reason is she remaining in this marriage?  Is it for Wardah?  Why can’t Wardah have her happily married life while Sameera remove herself from an awful situation?  Maybe that’s asking too much, but Sameera is an educated woman with a solid profession and is more than capable of living a good life without her good-for-nothing husband. 

I also must wonder, who are these women like Pinky (Sharmeen Ali)?  Rich, independent, pretty, confident girls who are capable of luring in any good Rishta – and yet chasing after already married men who are abusing their wives.  Who are these women?  Where are they?  Are women as desperate as they are portrayed in dramas like this?  Pinky and Salman did not have an affair or even a friendship before Salman got married.  Pinky is not a Sarah in “Humsafar.”  She’s just a girl who found a boy good-looking and is now chasing after him with full force – but why?  It becomes hard to digest a track like this, because there’s no basis for it.  Pinky and her mother have talked about her “line” of proposals before.  She should not be this desperate over a man she barely knew before she started willingly having an affair with him after his marriage.  And while yes, it’s understood that women like this do in fact exist, is this the sort of nonsense Pakistani viewers need to be watching?  Instead of showing women what they should be = srong, confident and independent, knowing their worth - , more often than not, women are shown as little puppies chasing things they cannot (or should not) have. 

At present, “Ruswai” has reached frustrating levels of disconnect with the viewers.  Ruswai promised to be something different, something with a good message and with good examples.  And while yes, agreed that Hamza is a great character, as is Wardah, and the story is headed towards positivity and a solid fight – will the show have lost its viewership by then by focusing too much on Sameera’s marital drama?  With a girl having faced so much turmoil already, watching her in an abusive marriage is the last thing viewers want to see.  It’s time to move this track along and get rid of the Salman character from Sameera’s life – NOW.  

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother