What if?

                                                                W h a t  i f
                                 she had been more careful? What if she
                          had not been so disrespectful? What if she had not
                      believed in feminism? What if she had not wanted to be
                   strong and independent? What if she had stayed within the
                limits imposed upon her?                       What if she had never want-
              ed to step out of the four                                walls of her kitchen? What if
             she  had  been  shy  and                                        reserved? What if she had
            been  more  obedient?                                             What if all she ever want-
            ed was to be a slave to                                               her husband? What if she
                                                                                                        had dressed a little more ap-
                                                                                                     propriately? What if she had
                                                                                          not fraternized with the opposite
                                                                                   sex? What if she had given a fuck
                                                                        about what other people thought?
                                                                        What if she had abided by the se-
                                                                        xist gender roles of the society?
                                                                        What  if  she  had  simply  just
                                                                         l     i     s     t     e     n      e     d     ?

                                                                                               Would
                                                                                 She have been spare-
                                                                           d then? Would she have b-
                                                                        een safe then? Would she n-
                                                                           ot have been raped then?
                                                                                Would she still have be-
                                                                                        en alive then?

Meghna Jain

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