MY COUNTRY IS NOT A COUNTRY FOR WOMEN

Dr Anil Kumar Boro


My country is not a country for women
Here, where women are not safe
Where women sanctity is demolished  
Day in and night out
Like the petals of flower ravaged by storm

My country is not a country for women
Here, where women are not safe
Where women sanctity is demolished
Day in day out

I feel ashamed to call myself
As one among its countrymen 
 At any moment  my younger sister and
Elder may be targeted

Only the other day
Thousands of people raised their voices of protest
Causing tremors / and leaving India gate in shambles
Even after it
The conscience of my country
Sleeps on and on

Every new morning pours in
Fresh reports of rape and violence
I feel ashamed to call myself
As one among its countrymen
At any moment my sister or my sister in law
May be targeted

I feel so ashamed when
The self-styled literate people of my country
Take pride in   their being civilized
I feel so ashamed when
The beast called man jump upon
Women frailty and sanctity
I feel so ashamed when
A seven or eight year old
Is not spared

Heard from the news reports
A god sent minor girl became the
Victim of rape to day
If it’s   Delhi to day
It will be Bhatinda tomorrow
IF it’s Bihar today ,it will be
Assam tomorrow

My country is not a country for women
Here,where women are not safe
Where women sanctity is demolished
Day in and day out
Like the petals of flowers ravaged by  the storm .


About the author: Conferred with ‘Sahitya Akademi Award 2013', writer, poet, researcher, and academician, Dr. Anil Kumar Boro writes in English, Bodo and Assamese language. He is also recipient of ‘Rangsar Literary Award’. Born on 9th December, 1961 at Kahitama North of Barpeta Road, Baksa district of Assam, he started working as Lecturer in English in Dimoria College in 1988 and afterward joined in the Department of Folklore Research in Gauhati University in 2000. [Read More]

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