As for sexual harassment, it is a sad reality for every woman – race, culture and marital status notwithstanding. Most random sexual abusers tend to target younger women, and it is true that perhaps a sindoor or a mangalsutra does act as a deterrent for many roadside abusers, but this is definitely not a rule. Any independent, successful or wealthy-looking woman is always viewed as a threat by weaker men. Even if they don't want them for themselves, they would still like to take them down a peg or two. Being married means nothing under those circumstances.
Her mother-in-law "allows her" to pray to her own God, but forbids her to display the idol openly. Amulu, with a low-paying job and no family and still very much in love with her husband, walks out of her love marriage the morning after the wedding and returns to the hostel.
Her friends feel that it was a small compromise that she could have made, but she decides that it is better to be herself than change for the unreasonable, narrow minded caprices of someone else. And she does not want to stay with her man who cannot ensure that she is free and independent in her marriage.