In my motherland,
When a boy is born
Father feels blessed
When a girl is born
Mother is oppressed.
From the beginning…
A girl is viewed as a burden
She’s denied the rights to education
She is married off soon
And the in law become her final destination.
Father fears about her high cost marriage
All thanks to the dowry system (giving bride price)
That would leave him in debt and nearly perished.
This young teenager,
Would be handed to a stranger
She’d be dragged and forced
Beaten and abused,
By her in-laws and spouse.
She’d be treated like a maid
Doing bunch of housework
Yet no one will appreciate.
The great father who felt his trouble was over
By getting rid of his daughter
He never thought
How long can her tiny body stand the torture?
Perhaps a few months or years?
Then, she’d decide to end her misery
But where can she go?
Her father’s house is shut for her
Once married, she’s perceived a stranger
She belongs nowhere.
Being deprived from her rights
Neglected by her father
Battered by her in laws
She sees no choice but to end her life.
This is a tale of those naive young girls
Whose fate is written by the male figures
When they’re born into this world.
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