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Pleas of a Victim

"Why me?"
"Why not someone else?"
"Why was I deceived?"
"Why am I hated?"
Drowned in an unwelcoming pool of "Whys"
These are the troubling thoughts that haunt her every night
No matter how hard she tries to combat the demons in her head
Those nasty bruises and tooth marks etched all over her body
Makes her lose the will to fight!
She shivers recollecting that dreadful day
Which stripped all her happiness away!
Her best friend turned into a ferocious beast one fine day
Who stripped off her dignity
Drooling all over her naked body
And devouring her with greatest pleasure bit by bit
Till she was exhausted, numb
Left with nothing but blood stains
And a despicable stench of rotten trust.
She wondered who was at fault
Was it her because she was a "girl"?
Or was it her unfaltering trust on someone she loved?
Mustering courage, she limps back home
Smeared with blood, dripping from her inner thighs and sliding down her
As soon as she steps inside
She is glared with curious and inquisitive eyes
The hatred
The sneers
The animosity
The contempt
She senses them all!
Was it her fault for hoping to find solace in the arms of her family she loved?
Or was it the societal norms which disowns the victims of rape and labels
them as "sin-proved"?
She rushes to her room, wailing hysterically
Undresses herself and stands in front of the mirror
Only to hear some voices from the other end
"You've become impure!"
"Your chastity's gone!"
"You've committed a grave blunder!"
"You've ruined societal honor!"
"You must bury this incident and never let it out!"
She falls down on the floor, burying her face in her hands
Hating the body she lives in
Condemning the fact that she is a girl
A burden to this patriarchal world!
She wondered if this was the reason
Why parents prefer sons to daughters!
Why girls have to stay confined within four walls!
Why the freedom of girls is restricted!
Why the voices of girls seeking justice are silenced!
A vicious circle of whys!
Such wretched societal norms
Where a girl’s purity is defined by her chastity
Torments the soul, reeks so foul
I’m tired of those slandering tongues that tend to howl!
Someday a bonfire of change will engulf the world
It'll burn all these hatred and superfluous norms
A new dawn will unfurl
This world will be a safe place for a girl!

Sunita works as a Senior Software Engineer. She hails from Odisha,
India and loves writing poems and flash fictions. Her works have been
published in Indian Periodical, Eleventh Transmission, I’m Not a Silent
Poet Mag, Poets Choice Zine, FWWR, Drunken Pen Writing, Friday
Flash Fiction and Dream Noir. Most of her works are based on her real
life experiences, profound reflections of human mind, dreams, fantasies
and burning social issues. Her hobbies include travelling and writing.
She loves dogs and is a proud owner of 2.

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Previously published in Eleventh Transmission:
"No Passport Required" by Ron. Lavalette.

Published December 22, 2019

Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest

Pleas of a Victim

by Sunita Sahu
(Cuttack, Odisha, India)
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