... save a girl child

My student Anindya sent me an sms yesterday, "Diary of a baby...

15 June: I get attached with mom.
17 June: I am a tissue now.
30 June: Mom said to Dad, "You are going to be a father."
15 July: My food is what my mom eats.
15 September: I can feel my heartbeat.
14 October: I have little hands, legs, head and stomach.
13 November: Today I was in ultrascan.

Wow!!! I'm a girl!

14 November: I am killed.

My mom and dad killed me and it was just because I was a girl child."

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Just a little ago... I saw my little nieces, happily cuddling together...


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Now, let me add a few lines to this epitaph... "Diary of a dead baby...

My parents killed me and it was just because I was a girl child.

However, I am not killed enough. I still respire. I respect my father for his being a genuine killer. I respect my mom for her being not a woman.

19 October: I am wrapped in a plastic bag. On this day way back in 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified.
25 December: It's Christmas! Baby Jesus is born and I see the umbilical cord distancing slowly from my belly button.
23 January: With the world I am observing Anti-Abortion day... under the sun, inside the plastic bag!
11 February: Sylvia Plath died on this day. I am so near to death that I can never ever read her.
8 March: Today, I, an embryo of womanhood, floating in a squalid Indian drain... hearing the noisy celebration of International Woman's Day!"

12 comments:

Jyoti Mishra said...

This is something which is so pervasive in India.... In spite of all t he efforts made such psychopaths still lives around us.

A grain of sand said...

the last remark brought out the irony of et al.

SUB said...

loved the last line...so true...such a shame

Barkha Dhar said...

Hi Dibakar,
Nice post. Since you have written on infanticide you may also like to read my latest post:
http://dharbarkha.blogspot.com/2011/07/support-mother-save-her-daughters.html

Cindrella said...

that's a very good post!! very well carved!! and strong words too!!

subtlescribbler said...

wen i had read this msg i was touched beyond words. and today ur continuation of d same moved me all the more...
its actually a sad sight..not just in the villages but even in d metros that girls r so unwelcome specially if its a first baby..
i have heard such notions even in my vicinity!!

sarah

Rituparna said...

Speechless ...

Bhargav said...

numb... very touchy post

magiceye said...

poignant

Sruthi said...

such a serious issue....
But whats the remedy??

maglomaniac said...

just loved it

~Harsha

Princess Shruti said...

Soul touching

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