Day 10: 10th April 2015 NAPOWRIMO
Give me a corner in the backyard of your heart…
He pleaded, he followed, he proposed, he wallowed
She was unmoved by his attempts
She never glanced back
He was determined, she was unaffected.
One day, he crossed her path again
‘Give me a corner in the backyard of your heart,’ he said
‘No means no, don’t you get it you fool’
‘You are mine,’ he screamed, ‘you are mine you hear?’
He pursued her with renewed vigour
She ran, scared, away from him
Not knowing the haunting was just about to begin.
Another day, on her way back home
She saw him at a distance, changed her path, petrified of the man
He screamed ‘Give me a corner in the backyard of your heart’
‘This is the last time I am going to ask’
She never knew, what came her way
Sweeping her off her feet, washing her dreams away
The acid marred her innocent face
Screaming, writhing, she cried for help.
Her face burnt, her soul charred
She cried, he laughed
‘If not me, then no one else can have you’
The man walked away unscathed.
Every year hundreds of women and children are subjected to acid attacks, this is a very small way, my way of paying honour to the fighters. #stopacidattacks.
This poem is only from a victim’s side, will write one soon from the Fighter/Survivor’s side.
Please follow the page link to the cause page on Facebook which helps acid attack fighters.
Acid attacks in India, like Bangladesh, have a gendered aspect to them: analyses of news reports revealed at least 72% of reported attacks involved women. However, unlike Bangladesh, India’s incidence rate of chemical assault has been increasing in the past decade, with a high 27 reported cases in 2010. Altogether, from January 2002 to October 2010, 153 cases of acid assault were reported in Indian print media while 174 judicial cases were reported for the year of 2000. However, scholars think that this is an underestimation, given that not all attacks are reported in the news, nor do all victims report the crime to officials.
Motivation for acid attacks in India mirrors those in Bangladesh: 34% of the analyzed print media in India cited rejection of marriage or refusal by women of sexual advances as the cause of the attack and dowry disagreements have been shown to spur acid attacks. Land, property, and/or business disputes accounted for 20% of acid assaults in India from 2002 to 2010. Illustrative cases of acid attack include Sonali Mukherjee‘s case of 2003 in Jharkhand for protesting sexual harassment, and Muhammad Razaq’s case in Jammu & Kashmir in 2014 for an acid attack on his wife for not bringing enough dowry.
Information Source: wikipedia.org.