Self-Defence

A girl when born is as good as a boy, a la Beauvoir
With equal capacities: physical and mental
And gender, a social construct
Than why can she not obliterate the predator as he does
If he can rape
She can castrate
A woman should be armed with a pocket knife
Instead of a chilli/pepper powder
And that would be her defense
If the cases of castration rise
In the same ratio
As of rapes
The criminals will run for cover
Automatically
Now there are ‘gang-rapes’
There could be ‘gang-castrations’
Why is a woman looked at as a mere sex-object
An object to be consumed
A mere receptacle
This would be her vengeance with the society
All these years she has been a silent sufferer
But now no more
No more pleas before the male-chauvinists
She is no more the old, meek, pliant, obese and sari-clad woman of the yore
But the new, independent, empowered jeans-clad of the 21st century
Who gyms and is agile
Who can hit upon out-of-the-box solutions
With new zeal, new mindset and newer ways of settling her own scores
Let the lusty man know that no woman is without a stiletto
And there they will retreat as cowards…

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About sangeeta sharma

Dr Sangeeta Sharma is head of the department of English at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. She is widely published as a critic and poet. Besides that, she is a regular freelance for Mumbai-based national newspapers. Recently, she published a book In the Shadows: Women in Arthur Miller's Plays and co-edited Delightful Dickens: Some tributes with Sunil Sharma published by YKing Books, Jaipur. Many of her literary and critical articles have been anthologized. Currently, she is engaged in a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project on the Structural, phonological, orthographical, grammatical and lexical differences in British and American English. Under Faculty Exchange Programme, she visited the University Department of English, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA, in March-April 2012.

1 thought on “Self-Defence

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Given the truly horrendous nature of the incident reported on by media worldwide, Sangeeta Sharma’s cri-de-coeur is both moving and incisive and as such requires only an expression of solidarity.

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