Our honour was saved

Published: November 30, 2014

I am the letter tucked away in brackets, reported often in the news. PHOTO: FILE

I am a woman,

But you could give me any name.


I am Bhavna;

They named me desire.

How ironic!

Small desires I had,

Sipping some wine and

Seeing a beach.

My love became my bane

My rebellion, my curse.

I challenged their honour

So, something had to be done.

They strangled my wishes

And cremated my dreams.


I am Farzana;

I carved a life

And fought for it.

They pelted my choice,

They battered my soul,

Their honour survived

But my baby died.


I am the letter peeping through brackets;

Reported often in the news,

Shrouded in sheenmeemkaaf,

My story ensues.


I am the nanhi kali violated;

They talk about in the news,

My name is hushed,

My identity draped,

But we must thank our lucky stars,

Our honour is saved.

Fatima Majeed

Fatima Majeed

An avid reader, freelance writer and home-maker.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ab1990

    Oh, You missed one more name in ur poem.

    Danista killed by her brothers

    Muslim woman weds Hindu man, both killed
    http :// timesofindia. indiatimes. com/city/meerut/Muslim-woman-weds-Hindu-man-both-killed/articleshow/45321279. cms

  • Ruxx Inno

    short, crisp, interesting :)Recommend

  • Razzy

    The thing is, ‘honour killing’ is so ingrained in the pysche of the people that no amount of ‘education’ (as we define it, rather it is mere skill sets building) can change that.
    Recently a 21 yr old girl student of the prestigious Delhi University was killed by her very parents because she was going to marry outside her caste.


  • Mobeen Khan

    Superbly written, your choice of few words echo a deep meaning. I am amazed at your writing skills and train of thoughts. Honor is not over rated in our society but misused and mishandled to benefit few. If we truly had honor, we would not allow this injustice to happen in our society. What cowards we are!Recommend

  • Striver

    Beautiful and though provoking.
    Honour is in the eye of the beholder and the beholder is man.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    nicely written. I liked it.Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)

    Are these the writers own personal experience. We lack pragmatism.Recommend

  • charanjeet maan

    That is Bhavna o the poemRecommend

  • charanjeet maan

    honour is the most dishonoured commodityRecommend

  • Sane

    Many otherwise incidents too. Then?Recommend

  • ab1990

    the list is so long that will take a lot of time to read each and every article.Recommend

  • Riya

    Touches the heart. Kindles sympathy. Very nice.Recommend

  • ajay gupta

    bhavna does not mean desire, it means thoughts.Recommend

  • Siyal Khan

    That just proves your Feminism. Nothing New same old things. Good Work btw.Recommend

  • Mishael Gola

    An honor killing storyRecommend