This poem is third in the anthology of poems based on the Social Evils.
Please read the previous ones here.
This post is an ode to the strong, fierce women who are survivors of acid attacks. They go through immense physical and emotional pain but still manage to rise from the ashes like a phoenix.
Approximately 1,500 acid attacks are recorded worldwide annually.But globally, 80 percent of acid attack victims are women and girls. Acid violence is categorized as a form of gender-based violence because gendered roles and hierarchies within families and society not only motivate perpetrators to commit the crime but also provide them with a sense of impunity.The idea of this evil is not to kill but to disfigure the women.
I salute to all such woman, who after going through a life-altering incident has never backed down, never given up and showed the world the real strength of a fighting soul.
” He has changed my face, not my heart. He has burned my face , not my dreams”
–Laxmi Agarwal, acid attack survivor
She is fierce, brave
Braving the world
Facing the wrath
atoning sins of her ancestors
Living a misogynistic truth
Pushing through the hurdles of the society
blending in the traditions
Standing tall in the face of the lies
She is ignoring all the scars
on her face, on her soul
every pore of her body emanates her glow
She is strong enough for every slap now
She can smile through her pain now
You can drag her through the mud and slick
You can scrape her knees and make her bleed
You can make her scream till she chokes
But you can’t make her hide
the face which glows.
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Following are the links to the previous anthologies I have published
Seven Deadly sins
The Five Elements
Life Cycle of a poem