At this moment he wondered if the monocular man had seen him being raped and had passed his observation to his father. In his mind he tried to convince his father that he was raped by an unknown man, involuntarily. He was a victim!
While being kicked, he was wondering how he could go to school, how he could stand the inquisitive looks of teachers, classmates and the entire villagers. He wished his father would kill him right away and put him out of misery. He wouldn't wish for the miserable life that was awaiting him. He could not understand why the victim was punished.
Anyway, he did remember his mother had dropped herself on him to shield him against her husband's kicks.
When he came to, he was in bed with his crying mother sitting next to his bed, spread on the floor. She was nursing the boy's wounds and bruises. The boy did not have the courage to look her in the eyes.
The boy, like all rape victims, had to hide the act of sexual violence that had happened to him, a universal fact up to this writing.
However, he could not forgive the unknown man for his outrageous behavior. Anyway, his body was aching all over and he did not dare to go to bathroom. It would be as painful as being raped. He thought what if he was bleeding. What about his underpants. If his mother saw the blood, she would recognize the cause. What a catastrophe!
At this time, he saw his nose, due to severe beatings, was bleeding. His mother saw it, too, and became very disturbed. Of course, there was no hospital, no modern physician, and no modern medicine in the village. The mother had to resort to the prevalent practices exercised by the so-called doctors, but encouraged by the ruling clerics..
Since she, as a woman, was kept illiterate by the same ruling clerics and men in particular, she could not recite the verses of the scripture that supposedly could stop the nose bleeding, she remembered the other way around: 'Warm up cow's dung and place it on the forehead of the bleeding person, or apply vetch beans dough to the crown of the head. When the dough dries, the bleeding stops, too. If the nose bleeding persists, then hang a hollowed pumpkin on the neck of the bleeding person in which case nose-bleeding shall stop immediately!'
(to be continued)