They say we are not part of society
and then they talk about social equality
They say we don’t belong to the class fit for conversation
yet they call us up for blessings on family occasions.
They tease us, titillate us and do us wrong
and then they send us to jail on charges of prostitution.
They don’t give us work to earn a living.
yet when we seek alms on trains they call it vulgar
Women are abused, people fight for them
We are abused, nothing happens
Women didn’t go to school, they started girls’ schools
We don’t go to school, nothing happens
Women have she, men have he,
Identity is a casualty, when we are the topic.
You all go to public places and use the washroom
but we are in a fix over which room to use,
You are recognised by your character
Our body becomes our identity, wherever we go
Is it our fault that nature created us this way?
We may have an awkward contour
But our heart is the same as yours
Our dreams are same as yours
To live a perfect life
Give us a chance,
We will prove worthy of your love.
( The writer is student at Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, U.P. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )