I am more than what you see Definitely more than what you seek I am more than just a mother Or the caretaker of my OCD stricken brother I am more than a caring daughter And more than a contributing partner I am more than a puppet who you wish would fit in the mould … More I AM ENOUGH
“Shhh! Keep quiet”, said her mother. “Shhh! Keep it low”, said her teacher. “Shhh! Women don’t need to speak for such matters”, said her husband. No one listened. No one heard. No one knew her resounding word. It rang in her head over and over again. She tried to say it, she tried to string … More When a woman is told “No”
Education is one of the key focus areas of SDGs, and one entire Goal, No. 4 is dedicated to it. Even though India has made improvements towards achieving SDGs and now has a score of 66, a six-point jump from the previous digit, there is still a long way to go. According to the Right … More Sustainable Development Goals Are Goals for Girls
“Marriage”, is a word that brings joy and happiness, but it comes sounding as an alarm to any Indian Father who has a daughter to be married off. The dowry system in India perpetuates the concept of the girl’s parents sending gold, money, vehicles, residences, and other material possessions to the boy’s family, in exchange … More The Stubborn Parasite : Sale of Grooms aka the system of Dowry
(Written from the perspective of a child who has experienced abuse) I close my eyes and imagine butterflies As you ravage my fragile frame My beautiful colors weep and seep out, splattered across the canvas In the pull and push of your dirty desire. My tiny hands struggle and writhe Trying to shake away the … More Imagine Butterflies
Remember the words—“God bless the couple with children”—that family members and religious heads said and prayed on your wedding day? Remember being told, “Don’t wait too long”? Remember being asked by family, friends, and acquaintances a year or two later, “When are you planning to have a baby?” Well, if these words have not been … More Stop! Do Not Force Pregnancy
A few days ago, I happened to visit an ATM to withdraw some cash. The ATM was located in a busy marketplace and in a narrow space between two shops. The machine had to be accessed by climbing a short flight of steps. At the glass fronted entrance there was a notice which referred to … More The Disabled: The invisible among us
She is pink, she is pale,He is rich, he is hale,Grooms and bridegrooms –Are for sale. Bed, almira, fridge, car,Forty once, fifty thrice,He was sold nicely priced. Years passed, tortured for more,T’was not love, mere greed.Soul butchered, there she lay. Customs, traditions, relatives didn’t save,A transaction indenture left,Burning brides, dying parents’ pride. Trauma, depression, suicide,Are … More Just let her be.
“Ente kutty!” was what a man said as he wailed about his younger sister, who was found dead in her husband’s house in Kollam, Kerala. For those unversed with Malayalam, “ente kutty” means “my little girl”. The word ‘kutty’ shows how much you love the girl, in most cases your sister or your daughter. As … More Vismaya Nair Is No More. Who’s To Blame?
You would think that after several millennia of co-existing, humankind would have figured out how to treat each other with kindness and empathy. However, this is unfortunately not the case. As a glimpse around will tell us, the world is plagued by various social injustices like discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexuality, … More Understanding Child Abuse