Bashyam Narayanan

Unwanted Afreen - Poem by Bashyam Narayanan

Three months old Afreen
A baby girl to a mother in teen
Was done to death as her father was keen
In having a baby boy, leading to this troubling scene

What did this baby girl do wrong
To face such a punishment deadly strong
Her mistake was only to have been borne
To a father who for a boy did long

Indian independence is at stake
As we recall Gandhi's statement that India can claim the real cake
Of freedom only if a woman has the courage to take
Up walking alone in the street even in midnight stark

We, Indians need to redefine
Our freedom only when we stop making design
To kill a female fetus even in confine
And not to do away with her by any chance she comes out fine

Let us come out of social stigma attached to this gender
She only gave you birth and all that you needed while in tender
She saw you grow and miss not a chance to wonder
At your growth and her love to you worth a ponder

Not that you do not need a son
But a daughter is no less to him and as a person
She will love you far beyond your horizon
And will always love you despite your qualities awsome

Let this be the last time
We hear such a henious crime
Taking away the life of a girl at prime
Let us vow to support the fair gender's claim

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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