Dead girls carry keys in fists and aphrodisiac in their sleeves
The first woman who was a feminist died single and failed to carry on her genes forward according to the theory of evolution by Yuval Noah Harari conclusion, women who were submissive lived on to carry the blind inheritance
P.S- this poem took me a lot to write. It forced me out of my comfort zone. I would be glad to get some honest reviews on it. It's napowrimo and I really wanted to experiment and get out of my comfort zone. So here it is #gtnapowrimo21
We are (often) never taught about people who have actually played crucial roles in our life. Often we too don't try finding out about such people. People whose fights and lives have paved way for the comfortable, privileged lives we lead today. And tomorrow our children will lead.
One such person is Phoolan Devi. Someone every girl should know about, revere and thank for the little amount of strength to speak out and write that we have gained over the years.
People, especially girls, have a lot to say on the discrimination they face basis their gender, yet they more often than not, forget that a segment of women, have it even worse than them. The Scheduled caste women. The struggle they face is nowhere close that of the savarna women, in India.
I am not rightly placed to talk on this myself, being from an upper caste of the hideous caste system of our shameless county. But I try to recognize the immense privilege that I have as an upper caste, like so many of other savarna girls.
It's high time we fight not only for the women of our own castes and class, but overall. Coz even one woman chained is a loss for all of us, even though her chains are different from ours.
There is gender discrimination across castes (thanks to patriarchy) but there is a hell lot of caste violence that is waged against the women of lower castes.
When talking of feminism we need to understand that we can't be blinded to the cause of our trans sisters, to the women with mental health issues, to those with physical handicaps, to the plights of our lower caste and poor sisters, and to our lesbian sisters.
We need to take into account, millions of our sisters who are not even able to study and earn because of these inabilities and caste violence like rapes and sexual harassments.
______________________________ Phoolan Devi, born in 1963, was from a lower caste family which sold her off, to a man 45 years of age, in marriage, in exchange of a cow and bichycle, when she was 11 years.
She was raped and abused by the man and ran back home at 12.
She was asked to commit suicide by her family because of bringing dishonor to the family by denying to suffer abuse at the hands of her own husband.
She was kidnapped by the local dacoit gang, at the request of her uncle who was angry with her misconduct(?).
She was raped multiple times at the hands of the upper caste leaders of the gang.
She fell in love with a gang member and with him she planned the murder of the leader. and Thereafter, he became the leader. Yet the two being from the lower caste were disliked by the upper caste members of the gang and her lover was murdered.
Phoolan was gang raped for 13 days by the two Thakur leaders of the gang (reminds of the recent Hathras rape of a dalit girl by 4 Thakurs isn't it?).
Despite these tens of rapes and gang rapes and romances lost, Phoolan Devi ji did not give up and managed escape.
She joined another gang and convinced the members to avenge her rapes.
She reached Bahmai village and murdered 22 Thakurs who were not cooperating in tracing her rapists.
Being such a strong lady, she became popular far and wide, and in 1983, at age 20, she surrended to the CM of MP at her own conditions.
She spent 11 yeares in jail while her case was being persued and later was acquitted as all the cases against her were withdrawn.
She ran in the elections next year and is INDIA'S FIRST MP FROM LOWER CASTE.
She was shot dead at age 37 (in 2001) by a Thakur Sher Singh Rana who disliked her (a lower caste rape survivor) rise to power. (Wow hurt savarna male ego!)
(Coz people like gang rape victims like Nirbhaya and Hathras rape victim to silently die after they have been raped and not become MPs in power.)
Sher Singh Rana was sentenced life imprisonment in 2014 but is out on bail granted in 2016. Has married daughter of ex MLA in 2018 and going to contest elections (what the bloody hell??!) _________________________________ Despite a short yet iconic life of strength and never say die spirit, almost no one holds Phoolan Devi as an Idol, none writes about her life and her victories and inspiration to never bow down to sexual, political and caste oppression.
Wake up now girls!! Let's celeberate her and bring her to our dinner tables, discuss her and honor her life and fights.
Sea of challenges And tides of rapes Her ship was wrecked Yet she sailed Due to Caste and Patriarchy We have forgotten her But now won't fail We'll sing her glory Phoolan we all hail!