The lion is the ‘protector’, the king, but his lionesses
Do the MAJOR work of hunting…among humans,
The distant cousin of bonobos, we are a civilised race.
With brains and all, just that here also something missing…
The women meant to be the better halves of men are often
Considered the bitter halves in many cultures, to be used
And abused, burned alive or killed in the name of ‘honour killing’.
When it comes to dowry, in Africa the ‘lobola’ must be paid
By the bridegroom. In case the husband does not honour this act,
The woman is brought back to parent’s house and married again,
In India, dowry leads to lifelong struggle, with the girl’s parents
Worrying on the exorbitant sums involved, resulting in many spinsters.
So many parents dump baby girls for fear of dowry or the foetus
Is aborted… the right to live is denied from the very embryonic stage.
And when she grows up, she is expected to be angelic,
In brief to be Goddessy. But well, she can be ready to be Goddessy
For the husband who behaves lovingly and considerately as God.
If there is a price to pay to keep a woman in the house,
Why don’t parents spend this hard earned money to educate
Their daughters? To make them stand on their feet
And let them decide whom to marry? Not getting her blindly tied
To a stake to labour for life, expecting her to give birth to males,
With no guarantee of being given the dignity of a human being.
Nowhere in any scripture it is stated that the woman is
A slave to be traded. Did Draupadi’s husbands demand dowry
From her? She was the cynosure of their eyes.
Nay, with a woman, the house becomes a home, she nurtures
The children, inculcates love, meets the needs of all in the family,
Is a bread earner and do we still need to extort a dowry from her?
No wonder, the marriage institution is breaking up nowadays!
. ©Pushmaotee Subrun