Expressing pain and anguish through their words is how poets make sense of the world. New-age poet and storyteller Helly Shah does nothing different, except her line of work that delves into different issues mirroring the society, especially women, is thought-provoking, real and raw. Pouring her heart into her recent poem for Femina’s #ActAgainstAbuse campaign, Helly highlighted the dark side of abuse and why we should speak up.
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Posed in a black and white setup, with her mouth covered with her hands, the spoken word poet broke her silence. “Fights, disagreements and squabbles are part of love, but this love doesn’t give anyone right to attack or assault the other person,” she poignantly begins the poem in Hindi.
For how long would we ignore the silent screams, unsaid conversations; the wound that has bruised not only the body but also a woman’s self-respect, for how long and how much, we’ll let the victims suffer in silence, she asked.
Helly, who has garnered over 20 million views across social media platforms, concluded the short poetry by provoking people on silence. “Till when we’d be silence? Till when we’d do nothing?
Doing nothing is no longer an option. We need to unite to understand how domestic abuse wreaks havocs in people’s lives, destroys homes and happiness and we should no longer accept that. If you know someone who needs helps, do not hesitate, and #ActAgainstAbuse.
Femina, in partnership with UN Women, has launched #ActAgainstAbuse campaign to help the victims. The goal of this campaign is to create awareness and provide a safe space that will encourage people to report abuse when they see, hear, or experience it. This is for all the women who feel helpless and are unaware of what is to be done in this situation. The idea behind this campaign is to provide them with the necessary information that will help them in this difficult process. Let's unite to create a better and safer space for the women of our country.
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