Monday, February 21, 2011

A Lock is not a Lock....


When is a lock not a lock? A lock cannot be a lock unless there is no door to put it on. A lock isn't a lock when it is  an offensive weapon to throw at burglars, instead of defending your house from them.

A lock is something I take for granted. As I do a door. But there are women who cannot go to a hospital even in case of a complicated labour, because the shanties they live in don't have doors, and they cannot leave their home unguarded.

A lock could be the difference between life and death.

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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

14 comments:

LTM said...

I love that picture, and as always, I love the thought-provoking post. It's awful to think of the situations in which some are forced to live. We are very blessed~ <3

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shot - with a sad message to go with it. Amazing how much we take for granted.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They can't leave their house? That's a scary thought.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Leigh- one of my favourite pictures. Took it in Jaipur- the door is centuries old, the lock much younger.
We *are* blessed. We often do not realise it, but we are.

@ Fiona - thank you- love that particular picture myself.
And it is so very sad, isn't it? There may be decent free hospitals nearby, and women still can't make use of them.

@ Alex- very scary, isn't it? I live in the same city, and couldn't believe it when I heard. But I have been looking at those houses since, and those so called doors really cannot be trusted.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's terrible!

Holly Ruggiero said...

That’s so horrible.

Jan Morrison said...

Is there a place where women here could send locks there? I know this is only a small part of the problem but it seems like it could be pretty straight-forward.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Such a sad, but true fact. Things we take for granted - like being able to go somewhere and know that we can safely return - are just dreams to so many people. Jan's right: is there a place we could send locks?

Oddyoddyo13 said...

That is some heavy stuff. I've never considered it that way before....so sad and profound! I wish I could send them all doors and locks.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I learn so much from your drabbles. I had no idea and now I'm speechless.

Jemi Fraser said...

What a horrific choice to have to make.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Diane- just when you think you have seen it all, something comes and punches you in the gut.

@ Holly- almost unbelievable, isn't it?

@ Jan- bless you, Jan. I should have known you would suggest that. but a lock needs a door, and a door needs walls. Most of these women live in places where tarp sheets pretend to be walls.
If only we could end poverty :-(

@ Margot- hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I will let you know how to make a real difference.

@ Oddyoddyo13- it is incredibly sad, isn't it?

@ Jane- I learn every day, myself. And I have been in India all my life.

@ Jemi- terrible, isn't it? We would not even think such a choice needs to be made.

dipali said...

So sad making:(

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Dipali- it is sad, isn't it?

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