Letters from Her: A Collection
Female infanticide. The deliberate killing of newborn female children is a serious problem in India… This is a letter in a form of poetry from a girl who was killed and thrown in a trashcan by her parents. A letter written from a girl who was thrown into a trashcan –
To all of you,
I was dying. I was choking. I was crying. It was torture. I sat there. A place where dead things stay. Where people throw away objects at me and lifeless objects. Where are my parents, you ask? They’re the ones who stuffed me in here. In a trashcan. Yes. My parents threw me into a trashcan.
Living people think it’s okay to throw other human beings away. When I think about that, it makes me want to die all over again.
They couldn’t even make their way to an orphanage. They thought that being a baby girl made me a plastic doll. They would never do that to their son. Not plastic, but a real boy. The worst part is, you didn’t take me out. What use would she be? It is a she. She can’t function. They sit there, covered in jewels and clothes, whining for more, building herself with money. She is a doll who deserves to be trapped in a box, just to be looked at and not to be able to walk. She marries and leaves, too weak to give money to her own family. Only the boy can grow up to be strong.
This is what humanity believes. This is what humanity does to girls. Worth is determined by sex. Value is determined by sex. Chance is determined by sex. He always gets the opportunities. She always gets the glares. It is disgusting that society can determine so much from two simple words; he or she. Thank you all for being disgusting people.
Yes. My own parents threw me into a trashcan. Yes. You didn’t try to save me. Yes, yes, yes. You guys have no feelings. You’re just robots following each other. If you were to describe society right now, it would be easy. He is good. She is bad. End of story.
It was the end of my story. Goodbye. Thank you for not even giving me a name.
Please love me.
This letter is just to raise awareness on female infanticide, and how it relates to sexism in society towards girls. The girl being thrown in a trashcan is a true story from a newspaper and it is extremely heartbreaking. There are many causes and petitions you can sign to help save these young girls, and I would highly appreciate if you do so.
Lucy’s Note: Here are some links to PDF’s, petitions, and campaigns online about female infanticide in India, along with other campaigns related to the cause:
There are many more campaigns/petitions out there as well. These are just some I’ve found and wanted to share in light of this heartbreaking social issue in India (and around the world) as described in Kate’s piece.