Ans: Prakriti was an untouchable girl or “Chandalika” who has always lived on the fringes of society and shunned by upper caste people. Those who were outside her caste would not even let her touch their things or have water from her hands. When Ananda, a Buddist monk, comes to her and asks for water, she tries to tell him that she is not fit to offer him water. However, the monk tells her she is equal to him like any other human being and takes water from her hands. Prakriti feels elated by this gesture, and her self-esteem gets a boost. Intoxicated by this new feeling, she wants to own Ananda and in that endeavour makes her mother work black magic so that Ananda comes to her.