Ria, It seems you have said it all. Even when a girl wants to come out of a disastrous Marriage, the parents and peers push her back in the same hell ....for what? The fear of society? Society! Here's how a society functions. Had she walked out of that marriage before it was too late, people here would have said "What, she walked out in one year? The girl should have adjusted a little more" And now, you will hear the very same people say "Oh, if it was so bad, she shouldn't have killed herself, she was weak, she should have just walked out" The point I am making has already been put across by Ria. Here's something we CAN do in the future. As parents, we will teach our sons that they are NOT first among equals and teach our Daughters that being a female in this society does not make her a "weaker" sex. She is the only one who can decide when the line of tolerance has been crossed and when she waks out, the world most certainly does not end. It is not our sole purpose on earth to be Mrs. XYZ. It is not true that a woman can be beaten up just as long as the husband comes home every night. Why? Why should we let ourselves be degraded to such a level? A "nice" husband in the 18th century was someone who did not come home drunk every night and beat up his wife....are we still living in that age? My parents have told me always that "Marriage is a relationship for keeps" but they also taught me "A certificate and a thread does not maketh a marriage". I know that if the tolerance line is crossed, I will know what to do, whether society approves or condemns .