Let's help liberate today's woman

HEADS HELD HIGH!

  • The night is rough, the terrain tough, but it cannot forever be night.
  • Darkness must needs go, and make way for the gathering light!
  • Will we wait for dawn to arrive, and for the sun to arise!
  • Is not our march underway already, towards the eastern skies?
  • Enough have we suffered, century after century, country by country.
  • It’s high time we ended the violence,indignity and the inhuman brutality.
  • Right from birth, and through the seven stages of her worldly life.
  • Woman has been battling deadly dragons breathing fire.
  • The heat of injustice, discrimination and degradation,
  • Scorching herself-respect, and crushing out all her desires.
  • For the sin of being a girl, well before she was even born,
  • She got mercilessly killed in the womb, and buried in a silent tomb!
  • Infanticide, germicide and parricide, stared at her from all sides.
  • As did the burning of widows, and of newly married brides.
  • As a reward for falling in love, girls in graves were buried alive.
  • Auctioned off for five guineas, were daughters and wives.
  • Besotted husbands and incestuous fathers turned her perverted predators.
  • Thorns meant to protect the tender rose, became the petal shredders.
  • We have come a long way, but still have miles to go.
  • Dark clouds are already waning! And blooming are flowers of hope!
  • Young husbands accompany their pregnant wives daringly on morning walks.
  • Fathers help, nay cook in the kitchens, even as mothers work on their laptops!
  • Hand in hand, and with heads held high, let us persist in our march.
  • As our Sindhu’s win world cups, and our Shivangi’s reach for the stars!

Written By- Mrs. Gulnar Raheem Khan, Chennai

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