I was in the bookstore that day, looking for a brand new novel to buy and read. The fiction genre seems to be a bit off for me during that time so I decided to pick a non-fiction book. I went through few books and finally found one that absolutely caught my attention. This book is based on true story and I never thought it would be so heartbreaking and horrific.
This is a really tough book to read. It’s about a domestic violence against a woman named Mandy who has to endure every single pain and she has to struggle to live her life by not letting the fear eats her away. Just with a soft touch by a stranger, her life is completely ruined.
Dusty muncul dalam kehidupan Mandy dengan personaliti yang boleh dikatakan baik pada permulaan. Tapi semakin mereka rapat, Dusty mula mengongkong setiap apa yang Mandy lakukan dan dia mula bersikap celaka dan baran yang teramatlah sangat. Geram okay geram. Pada tahap awal cuma penampar. But the tortures become worst that I cannot brain how can this person became so heartless and evil. He’s a psychopath and it’s definitely not easy to deal with him. He mentally and physically abused the entire life of Mandy and it took her around 18 years to be free from him!
Domestic violence is seriously not a joke. This book is well written and as you read every single word, the terrifying scenes will play in your head. Mandy kena pukul, kena tendang, kena terajang, kena rogol, kena tumbuk dan macam-macam lagi yang Dusty buat pada Mandy. He even cut her with knives and burn her skin with blue flame. Kau bayangkan lah. Api biru lagi maha panas dari api merah kan? Haih kejamnya. Even Mandy tak ada buat salah apa, Dusty tetap akan pukul dia. He doesn’t like everything about Mandy yet he never wants to leave her. Since mereka tinggal serumah, Dusty memang sensitif dengan semua benda. Nak bernafas pun kena hati-hati. Or else memang Mandy kena belasah. He raped her many times and made her pregnant. But Mandy keeps all her babies and raised them well even with those struggles. Her children make her stronger. There are so many heartbreaking and terrible scenes in the book and I literally cried reading them. </3
Part yang paling aku tak faham bila Mandy cuba pertahankan diri dia. She asked helps from police, social workers, government etc tapi semua tak boleh harap. Mereka langsung tak membantu!!! Rasanya 3 dari 15 orang je yang bantu dia dan yang lain semua macam tak kisah je. Kejamnya manusia. Dengan keadaan Mandy macam tu, they simply take it as an easy case. Orang dah nak mati yet mereka boleh pulak buat bodoh macam tu. This is a true story okay. Bukan rekaan. Tapi cerita benar. Kau bayangkan lah kau dah nak kena bunuh hari ni tapi polis datang tiga hari kemudian. It makes me realize that in whatever case we face, we have to help ourselve cause tak ada pun yang nak tolong kita bila kita susah. And sometimes, we have to be strong on our own to fight whatever come to us. Kesian Mandy 🙁
Mad rescpect and salute to Mandy yang dah bertahan selama yang mungkin dan berani berdepan dengan lelaki gila tu. Tiap kali kena belasah, she will sets in her mind that she needs to stay alive for her kids. Walau apa pun yang terjadi, she always thinks of her children first. Tak pernah pun fikir pasal diri dia yang dah remuk, hancur semua. Tabahnya dia kan. Everyone really needs to read this book to expose themselves about what’s going on around with some people. Domestic violence ni berlaku dimana-mana and as part of society, our responsibility is to speak out and help them. I believe it is so hard to endure it alone. I can’t imagine being in her place 🙁
A few lesson to learn, please choose your partner wisely and don’t rush into anything until you get to know deeply about them. Some people might be playing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and I would say that is dangerous as they will twist the story in front of other people. If you happened to be in such situation or getting hit by the person, speak up the truth and don’t hide anything or it will become worst. Always and always stay strong no matter what and fight with all the spirit you have. Don’t let this kind of people ruin your life cause you deserve much better than that. Hopefully, we will be aware of this domestic violence and speak up for it instead of being silent. <3