Monday, 28 July 2014

I Killed My Daughter..


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Sita lay in the hospital bed, softly caressing her flat womb and watching the evening fade into unholy darkness. Tomorrow they would reap out her fragile daughter and she would do it without flinching; she would do it to please her husband and his family for she no longer had the will to fight.

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The disgrace, the hatred, the burden of raising a daughter would kill her from within and she would not dishonour her husband by bearing him the hated thing. That night she dreamt of little girls, their shoulders slackened, their faces bruised and their clothes bloodied as they helplessly stretched out their hands asking her to protect them from horrors unknown to her.

The next day, they killed her child but all that mattered was the smile on his lips, the approval in his eyes at her fearless deed and the lost acceptance radiating from his face as she slowly emerged from unconsciousness, still haunted by dreams of screaming little girls she couldn't save.

Written as part of the Five Sentence Fiction prompt.
Word Prompt: Fearless

31 comments:

  1. Oops the thought about female foeticide gives me the the horror, which I can never be able to sustain. It's a very unfortunate situation in which a mother was forced to kill her own portion, be it a girl child or boy, but then I feel bad about those fathers who actually forces this on them, in my opinion there should be the death sentence to those guys as well.

    And to be very frank no women should ever stay in relationship with such guys who forces them to kill a baby girl... This is my personal opinion about it, don't know how much correct I am, but...

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    1. Definitely Alok.. Women should fight for their daughters cause at the end of the day she is a daughter too. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This is painful. But we can do a lot to change this. It's so very prevalent in the my present area of residence. I hope for a better situation with the changing time.

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    1. I hope so as well Namrata! The society needs to change! :)

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  3. I echo what Alok Sir says, Women need to be made aware so, that they can stand against these evils

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  4. This is like Shankar mahadevan's breathless.. with so many words you managed to actually wrap it in 5 lines.. and on that such a serious topic.. Bravo!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the warm words Roohi.. Welcome to my blog dear.. :)

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  5. This was so depressing. I feel sad that women can even think that way. Oh the little babies :(
    Good one Anusree!

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  6. A very poignant one Anushree. The practice in itself is such a horror and it seems so common also and people tend to accept it as a norm, without even flinching on the lines of sensitivity. I dont understand how such a system can still exist, even beyond the growth and development we claim! A very sad state of affairs :(

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    1. Thanks so much Vinay.. You always take the effort to stop by and comment on my posts.. And a sad state of affairs indeed. :(

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  7. I so wish she had the courage to face her fears. Is life worth living with a person who is a constant reminder of disappointments and hatred?

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    1. It is not Aathira.. Maybe she will realise it later. I do hope women stand up and learn to fight for their daughters.. :)

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  8. A much needed story. The issue deserves a lot of attention.

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    1. It surely does.. Its time women learn to make a stand for themselves... :)

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  9. While there are some women fighting for their rights fearlessly, we cannot ignore the millions who still are covering away under such circumstances. You managed the five sentences very well :)

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  10. Reminds me of that line from the Dictatorship - "So, are you having a boy or an abortion?". Unfortunately that joke is grim reality in so many parts of the world. A strange world indeed where men consciously try to reduce the number of women!

    PS: The prompt was basically my name ;) but I couldn't have written anything better with that.

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  11. Tough to actually believe that while there are so many people who are still fighting for women's rights, there are still people this way. You have expressed this wonderfully well!

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  12. So powerful!! Nicely written..

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  13. A short story with a powerful message which leaves me wretched.Such articles inspire me to write fiction.

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  14. Thanks so much for the warm words Anirudh.. They mean a lot to me.. :)

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  15. Just 5 sentences and you managed to pen down your thoughts on sex-selective abortion in such a brilliant way! Kudos!

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