Light That Candle in Your Brain
Don’t light that candle.
Don’t march on India Gate.
Don’t fight for that girl.
Don’t waste those efforts you made.
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Don’t light that candle and march in vain.
First, light that candle in your brain.
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When you heard her cry,
You helped her not, you made your flight.
Her helplessness was a joke for you.
You forwarded and shared her plight.
You shamed her with your questions.
You made memes out of her pain.
Don’t light that candle and march in vain.
First, light that candle in your brain.
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He is just eighteen, he can’t get
Punished for something she can’t forget.
She’ll cry. She’ll remain awake.
Always watching her back, she’ll fret.
She’ll live half, half dying daily.
Tears pouring like acid rain.
Don’t light that candle and march in vain.
First, light that candle in your brain.
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Be a brother, be a friend.
Be the one she can depend.
Protect her, sometimes she can not.
This is a hole she can never mend.
Let her live, she too has a life.
Don’t rape her, don’t kill her… Leave her sane.
Don’t light that candle and march in vain.
Please… First, light that candle in your brain.
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‘Drops fill a pitcher’- If each one of us will enlighten our brains against crimes in our society… if we become aware of others’ rights… if we unite against the people who do heinous crimes against women… even kids… We will be able to make a society together that will be safe, open, happy and progressive. So light that candle in your brain… enlighten yourself first. 
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Love,
Lipi Gupta
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Copyright: Lipi Gupta, 05/03/2018, 12:00 PM IST

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