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"It Was Just Another Daughter"

I saw Rose this morning
near the chapel, sitting
alone, quiet. Was she praying?
I couldn’t say.
Last Monday
Her baby died.
‘Mummy!’ the baby had cried
all day, in pain.

In pouring rain
Rose ran around, seeking
help. Then, in evening
came Dr Browning.
‘Its Chikun Guniya. Better
go to the hospital’, he told her
and left quickly. Hospital
was a good 30 mile
away. Rose needed a car
But found none. Meanwhile

Her husband slept,
ignoring it all. ‘Let
morning come, will try something’
he had said before going
the bed.

Rose looked in despair
at the baby- her
bundle of joy – was in tears,
suffering. ‘God, please take care!’
said she and sobbed

Morning broke. Rain had stopped.

The sun rose, and birds sang
In the village, the church bell rang

Inside, Away
from the sun the baby lay
still, lifeless. It was all over

Between wails, Rose heard her
husband saying,
‘Now stop crying
It was just another daughter’.

***In India, thousands of infants die each year, most of them girls. Often, they die without treatment. As someone who almost reached there and came back, my heart bleeds at such news. Lets join hands in making sure that the world will be as safe a place for every girl as it is for boys now***

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Thuwaraha's picture

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Stella this is really nice, I like the way that you have expressed the message to the community.

Thuwaraha

Stella Paul's picture

Thank you!

Dear friend

You know any written piece is nice only when someone reads it and grasps it. I owe all its goodnness to you! Thanks for reading and caring to comment!

Best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

usha kc's picture

I am always here to walk

I am always here to walk with you,, to hold hands together. I can feel you Stella, as in Nepal also has same social value which prefer son not a daughter!

Stella Paul's picture

Yes dear

My dear Usha

In 2006-07, I spent 3 months in Nepal and i saw that the lives of women are just the same, the issues were also same. If our issues are same, we must stick together and overcome them. So glad to connect with you dear!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

usha kc's picture

Very glad to know that you

Very glad to know that you came here too!
Yss, sis we are going through the same pain . Me too so happy to know you hopw our sisterhood will never be ended. We most support,most be in touch with each other.

By the way when will you be here again !! that would be great !!

always love

Kenia's picture

Stella, this was beautifully

Stella, this was beautifully written. It also touched me on a personal level, because one of my best friends was just like you: an Indian girl baby who lived. She also has some light scarring on her face...although I'm not sure about the exact reason why, and I don't think she knows either as it probably occurred before she remembers.
She said she was found (lying in the streets? who knows...), and was (luckily!) put up for adoption. With a caucasian father and a Mexican mother, they are a wonderfully diverse family. :)
She gives thanks every day for being so blessed.

Kenia Perez
CoFounder, www.MsJaneOfAllTrades.com

Stella Paul's picture

Thanks Kenia

Thank you so much for taking your time out to read and to share this bit of good news that another girl survived :)
I owe my survival entirely to my mother who in her life has seen all the discrimination a woman can face. I learnt this story from her and its from her that I have got all that makes the real me: courage, stubbornness and yes, like you, a deep love for yoga. Thanks again and love,both for you and your friend

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Maya Norton's picture

Heartbreaking. ~ Maya

Heartbreaking.

~ Maya

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