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Tribhawan Kaul

(01-01-1946 / Srinagar (J & K) India)

A Girl Child


Foeticide, infanticide, sex-determination tests and malnutrition to which the a girl child is subjected to is not uncommon in India though the things are fast improving now.
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A female form
when comes out of womb
is questioned
on her existence.

thrown in the garbage bin
poisoned or abandoned
some, who are retained
to face the cruel world
to shatter the myth
that
we care for the girl child.

Brave survivors face
social injustice
educational stagnation
gender bias
apathy of kith and kin
maltreatment and malnutrition.

Considered a social liability
treated like a glorified maid
till she attains maturity
to be married off
sometimes
before reaching puberty.

Sometimes sold and resold
her miseries remain untold
thrown before social wolves and sharks
trying to snatch a living through the dark
for her own sake or for her family
or for the sake of her siblings
her plight is never ending.

If she fights, she fights alone
no one cares, she dies a lone.

When exposed it becomes a news
everyone competes to share her views
beating the bush, discussions galore
downplaying reality as TRPs* soar.

One who gives the man
his own identity
is always tormented by him
what an irony!

Shouldn't we fight for her rights?
shouldn't we make her present and future bright?
shouldn't we give her joy and happiness
making her life worth living day and night?

GOD BLESS THE GIRL CHILD.
GOD SAVE THE GIRL CHILD.
-O-* Television rating points.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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  • Valsa George (9/15/2013 11:24:00 PM)

    A wonderful write unraveling, without an iota of exaggeration, the plight of a girl child, often born into an orthodox, illiterate family or a family with lesser in come to send her off! Still the girl child is regarded as a liability by many!

    GOD BLESS THE GIRL CHILD.
    GOD SAVE THE GIRL CHILD. (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (5/20/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    the civilisation of man did not perish because of female and girl child is the mother of female and male both.. soon we understand soon is better for us.. lovely, and a concern poem.. love it (Report) Reply

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