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principles. Within the Islamic society a woman’s virtue is her modesty, chastity and her virginity. Nevertheless, in order to gain his own sexual satisfaction and to gain further power and dominance over this situation Sultan provides Sonya’s family with a significant amount of additional funds in order to buy their silence as he is aware of how desperate they are for funds to survive. This situation between Sultan and his future in laws further demonstrates how Sultan exerts his power within the community by demonstrating that anything including a woman’s sacred chastity can be bought at any cost. Sultan’s character demonstrates that men in Sultan’s position within the community have the power to do what they wish without consulting others. Kunz states that “the powerful possess and enjoy their power, while the weak