It’s not the skirt,
It’s not the colour of my skin or my lipstick,
It’s the fact that I am a girl.
Am I seen for my education or the career I chose?
Am I seen for my work or the responsibilities I uphold?
Am I seen for my kind heart or the love I spread?
But because I am a girl you’ll abuse me and leave me for dead.
Will I be safe when I reach a certain age?
Will I break the shackles of patriarchy or will it always dictate?
Will you think in your head that I am asking for it?
Will I always live in the fear of being the next hit?
From 2012 to 2018 not much has changed,
From a bus to a temple, every place has been shammed
Nirbhaya’s fate was passed on to Asifa without a debate
If you check the stats, 1 in every 15 mins gets the same fate.