71 - One day in the Spring 1993, Rasheed and Laila leave...

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Unformatted text preview: One day in the Spring 1993, Rasheed and Laila leave for the hospital. The next day they return with a new baby girl. Rasheed's displeasure is immediately evident: He refuses to help Laila with the baby, and frequently voices his displeasure about the child. Laila names her daughter Aziza, which means the Cherished One. Laila is obsessed with motherhood and finds everything the baby does to be astounding and wonderful. Mariam reluctantly admits to herself that she admires Laila's devotion to her daughter. Laila begs Rasheed to buy Aziza girl's clothes, but Rasheed refuses, saying the boy's clothes he purchased during Laila's pregnancy are good enough. One night, Laila and Rasheed bicker in their bedroom. Rasheed is furious when Laila refuses to have sex with him. He rushes into Mariam's room and blames her for Laila's reluctance. As Rasheed prepares to beat Mariam with his belt, Laila clings to Rasheed's arm to stop him. Laila agrees to prepares to beat Mariam with his belt, Laila clings to Rasheed's arm to stop him....
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