Hum Gunahgar Aurten

ye ham gunahgar aurten hain

jo ahl-e-jubba ki tamkanat se na roab khaen

na jaan bechen

na sar jhukaen

na haath joden

We sinful women

ye ham gunahgar aurten hain

ki jin ke jismon ki fasl bechen jo log

vo sarfaraz thahren

niyabat-e-imtiyaz thahren

vo davar-e-ahl-e-saz thahren

It is we sinful women

who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear

gowns

who don’t sell our lives

who don’t bow our heads

who don’t fold our hands together

ye ham gunahgar aurten hain

ki sach ka parcham utha ke niklen

to jhuut se shahrahen ati mile hain

har ek dahliz pe sazaon ki dastanen rakhi mile hain

jo bol sakti thiin vo zabanen kati mile hain

It is we sinful women

while those who sell the harvests of our bodies

become exalted

become distinguished

become the just princes of the material world.

ye ham gunahgar aurten hain

ki ab taaqub men raat bhi aae

to ye ankhen nahin bujhengi

ki ab jo divar gir chuki hai

use uthane ki zid na karna!

It is we sinful women

who come out raising the banner of truth

against barricades of lies on the highways

who find stories of persecution piled on each threshold

who find the tongues which could speak have been

severed.

ye ham gunahgar aurten hain

jo ahl-e-jubba ki tamkanat se na roab khaen

na jaan bechen

na sar jhukaen na haath joden!

It is we sinful women.

Now, even if the night gives chase

these eyes shall not be put out.

For the wall which has been razed

don’t insist now on raising it again.

It is we sinful women

who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear

gowns

who don’t sell our bodies

who don’t bow our heads

who don’t fold our hands together.

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