Pallavi Payal @Payalsapanapaints
My country wants to
cut off my limbs,
have men hover around;
My country wants to protect me.
My country cries over
the birth lore of gods,
not the bodies of desecrated dead girls;
My country says I am a Goddess.
My country asks me
for my father’s name.
Men who are dead,
or have become ghosts ―
they own me more than the women who birth me:
My country asks me to love this motherland.
‘Nepali women under 40 could soon be required to obtain permission
from their families and the local government if they want to travel abroad.’
― Dewan Rai for Record Nepal
Neha Rayamajhi is a storyteller. She can be found tweeting about politics, culture, and mid-life crisis at @NehaRaySays.