His Name was Wind – A 20 Year Old Trapped in India

His name was wind.

He stood by the lake in the dark, regretting everything.

He is 20. He has been married for 3 years, and his father is ill.

Wind is becoming an old man

at 20 years old

He talks of no freedom.

He says I am especially lucky

Being a woman born outside of caste

Whole castes of women are forbidden to have cell phones.

College girls are not allowed to take selfies on campus

If he leaves, his family will bear shame.

If he stays, he is trapped.

What to do?

-Written in Pushkar in February 2017

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