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It is still a man’s world
To win over chauvinism, one needs to be utterly bold
Please don’t talk of Women’s liberation
The freedom some of us enjoy is the fruit of our own revolution!
Female foeticides are still common, is it not dehumanization?
United we should voice against this discrimination
This includes thousands of rituals that need eradication
It’s not the woman but the society that needs a transformation
Since the days of yore has been the struggle for emancipation.
Ignoring Gudiya’s tears was her fate decided, is there a justification?
A zillion Dhananjoys have gone Scot free, is justice still an expectation?

Gender biased system has grown like a mold.
Heights of it, when daughters are often sold.
Domestic violence has increased four fold
How can a man be so cold?

A woman is wanted until she provides delectation
Caught in crisis, many of us face dejection.
A woman is not a thing of decoration.
Mothers, sisters, wives and friends, its time to change your designation
There is a stronger cause that needs your dedication
Each one of us can help women in desperation.
We are also vulnerable to depredation
For this task let us not care whether we receive appreciation
It is going to be tough without enough determination
Each one of us is an important member of this delegation
Not a single woman should anymore face humiliation
Our aim is to save womanhood from depreciation.
So that when we know that our friends have reached a safe destination
We will be able to sigh with satisfaction.


Author’s note:
Gudiya is a young muslim Indian woman who was married to a soldier who left on duty soon after marriage. After four painful years of waiting for her husband, she was married to Taufiq with the consent of the whole community. Gudiya was with Taufiq’s child in the eighth month and her ex-husband, who was assumed dead returns! The religious head of the community decides that she has to live with her first husband according to the rules of the religion even when he was reluctant to own Gudiya’s unborn offspring. The whole decision making process was live telecasted on the national television channel. This episode was the hot topic of the nation…clearly enough the decision was imposed on Gudiya and all long the telecast Gudiya’s eyes were wet and I am afraid they still must be!

Dhananjoy was hanged to death recently, after fourteen long years after he raped and killed a 14 year old Bengali girl called Parul. This was the first time a rapist was given capital punishment. According the latest statistics available a woman is raped every 54 minutes somewhere or the other in India. Surveys have said that even in the west, reported rapes are hardly 10% of the rapes that actually happen, for which the prosecution rates is just 7-10% and the conviction rate is less than 10%. So it is not startling that these percentages are much lower in India.




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SIREESHA V.DEOL


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