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
Married off soon to her in laws
That becomes 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,
is handed to a stranger
She is dragged and forced
Beaten and abused,
By her in-laws and spouse.
She is treated like a maid
Doing bunch of housework
But no one will appreciate.
The great father who felt his trouble was over
By getting rid of his daughter
He never thought of
How long can her tiny body stand the torture?
Perhaps a few months or years?
Then, she decides to put an end to her misery
But where could she go?
Her own house is shut for her
Once married, she’s perceived a stranger
She belongs nowhere.
Deprived from her rights
Neglected by her family
Battered by her in laws
She sees no choice but to end her life.
This is a tale of those young girls
Whose fate is written by the patriarchal society
When they’re naively born into this world.