Thursday, 19 May 2016

Serious #15 Don't tell Me to Hide.

Please don't tell me to hide,
to hide my face underneath that cloth;

I've got beauty in my eyes,
that tell my entire story, so forth.

The curtain over my face, 
pretending to act like a shield,
does nothing more than prevent me to look;
through it, looks at the outside world,
 I do steal.

I've got a lot to prove, 
and a lot more to show,
than just my pretty face, that you make me cover;

And yes, I can do it all with my face covered,
But "why" is the question,
 which has no answer.

The poem above, written by me, foretells the life lived by a girl in our culture, the Indian culture, where there exists an unfair (in my personal opinion) tradition of women having to cover their faces with a cloth in the presence of men or when they go out in public. Different regions of the country go by varying systems of this tradition.
Although this tradition is decreasing due to increasing modernization, it still persists in some urban and most rural parts of India.

Each individual has the right to change the world, or bring about a change in at least a few people's lives. Isn't not being given the opportunity to reach self actualization and instead being made to sit at home, with no education or a chance to work efficiently and to reach one's full potential, very unfair? 
Although, pragmatically speaking, the cloth over the girls' face shouldn't hamper her ability to work; but that's not the case. 

The "dupatta" or "chunni" that is draped around one's neck and over the head gets along with it some stigma, that has stuck around for centuries. 
It has made the woman.... well, let's just say that's just one of the reasons as to why we're having to fight for equality today, shall we? That's ONE of the reasons why feminism exists today.

The girl in the poem is just questioning the tradition, and as usual, receives no valid answers.                               


- Ragini Zutshi Anand

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