A pretty schoolteacher named Mala (Rani Mukherjee) becomes the victim of the unwanted advances of an evil man named Raja (Shadab Khan). When she rejects him, he rapes her. The teacher then takes him to court but to her horror the judge compels her to marry the rapist as part of the punishment. She does so and the rest of the film is about how she wins him and his equally evil family over by her goodness and innocence.
Mala works as a school-teacher and had a great dream that her bridegroom will arrive on a horse and her marriage will be done in a great pomp and ceremony. One day her friend confides in her about her love affair with the son of a wealthy man, who has been intimate with her, but now is marrying someone else. Mala accompanies her friend to this male's wedding, disrupts it, and eventually ends up getting it cancelled. The groom's brother, Raja, is enraged and insults Mala, in response to which she slaps him. Enraged all the more, Raja seeks Mala out, and in the presence of her pupils, brutally slaps and then rapes her by getting off her clothes. Then she walks without any clothes with her pupils who hides her body with umbrella as it was raining and all the passers-by beholds her, and when her father looks her in this way he throws a piece of cloth on her to cover her body . The police get involved and Raja is arrested.
Raja's dad, Rai Bahadur Diwanchand, attempts to give some money to Mala's guardian, Gyani Kartar Singh, who refuses to accept it. The court case proceeds; the judge, overcome by Mala's evidence, finds Raja guilty, convicts him, and orders that he marry Mala in the next twenty-four hours. Raja attempts to kill Mala are in vain, and they get married without great pomp and ceremony. After the marriage, Rai Bahadur goes overseas and leaves his family, especially his elder daughter-in-law, Sharda, to deal with Mala and ensure that she is belittled, tortured, and eventually driven out of their house. Sharda's younger sister tries to make Raja get trapped in her love, but she fails because Mala insults her and goes to her sister.
Sharda, her younger sister and a silly brother go to the airport which Raja reaches before they leave. The three make up lies that Mala told them to get out of the house. Raja gets upset, goes home and starts to beat Mala with his belt, but Kartar Singh gets there in time. Suddenly Raja's mama (uncle) shows up. He pretends to protect Mala and make Raja and Mala leave for their honeymoon, but Raja and his mama actually plan to kill Mala.
The uncle leaves a snake in the house when Mala is having a shower. When she gets dressed, she sees the snake on the ledge of the window. She screams and faints. Raja and his uncle think that she's dead. When Raja tries to remove the sindoor on Mala's forehead the snake bites his legs. Mala gains consciousness and saves him by sucking the snake's poison. She faints again due to the poison. Raja starts to realise that she's really nice. She is saved and Raja and Mala gradually fall in love. But nobody except Raja's elder brother accepts Mala. When Raja decides to leave, his father hits Mala with a vase on her head and she is badly wounded. Raja takes her to the hospital. The doctor says she is in a critical condition. Raja's father comes to apologise and gets scared when the police comes to investigate the matter. When Mala regains consciousness, she saves her father in law by lying that she has slipped off the stairs. After this incident, she is accepted by Raja's family and Raja and Mala are remarried this time with great pomp.
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