She was aborted a million times when she was an embryo, 

She was widowed even before knowing she married,

She wore the grey nun’s garment before she understood why,

She was raped when she was a baby of six months old,

She was not spared either at eighteen,

Or at the age of eighty,

She was mutilated and deprived

Of the God given seat of pleasure on reaching puberty,

She was stoned to death in the name of honour killings.


She was given capacity to love but not allowed to love…

She became the wife with stars in her eyes but soon disillusioned,

She was used as a machine to procreate,

She was abused, beaten black and blue and used again,

Where is equality, justice and human dignity?

Why talk of a just world when so much has still to be realized?

Why so much of yearly publicity on 10th December?

Rabindranath Tagore rightly said,

The clear stream of reason has lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.     


@Pushmaotee Subrun


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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

6 thoughts on “She

  1. Amita Paul

    A poem that depicts the unspeakably horrifying atrocities that the female of the human species undergoes from conception to death in this highly unjust world. However , we also have examples like the personalities of Maya Angelou , Phoolan Devi and Bhanwari Devi who arose like phoenixes from their own ashes to fight against oppressive patriarchy in right earnest and forced the world to recognise their resurgent power.

    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      Oh yes definitely, the struggle goes on and on! There are so many strong women out there in this big wide world but the attempt to curb their powers atrociously have always been there …thank you dear Amita for your nice comment!


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