Echoes of Marginalization: Exploring The Plight of Leela Benare In Vijay Tendulkar’s Silence! The Court is in Session


  • Ms Beulah Hephzibah Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli.


Marginalization, Aspects, Social Class, Patriarchy, Social Conventions


Marginalization is the process by which certain individuals or groups are pushed to the fringes or edges of society,
limiting their access to resources, opportunities and decision- making power. It frequently entails institutionalized
exclusion, prejudice, or disregard due to socioeconomic class, race, gender, ethnicity, or other traits. The term
”marginalization of women”; describes the institutionalized political, social, and economic mechanisms that
decrease women’s social status. In order to address these problems, gender equality must be promoted and
cultural traditions that support women’s marginalization must be questioned. The paper presents the biography
of the author Vijay Tendulkar, followed by the critical study of the main character Leela Benare from the novel
Silence! The Court is in Session looking into the lens of marginalization. Vijay Tendulkar, better known as
Tendulkar was an Indian playwright and writer recognized for addressing social concerns. Through his works,he
put light on more general concerns in Indian society by critically examining the difficulties and marginalization
that different people experienced. His play Silence! The Court is in Session, written in 1967, is an intense
investigation of patriarchy, social conventions, and themarginalization of women. The plot is centered on a mock
trial in which the morals of a young lady is called into question, mirroring the biases and prejudices that permeate
society. This paper is an attempt to echo the aspects or agents of women marginalization which include social
class, patriarchy and social conventions. The objective is to illuminate the marginalization and victimization of
women in a legal and social environment by using this play to examine and confront repressive practices


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