18th of April

India’s daughter dies

Jamlo makdam

Her unheard cries

Was she ever a kid?

Or did her work forbid?

Her hands scoured the chilli fields

Telangana to Chhattisgarh she heeds

12 years’ old

150 km bold

So far so near

From her mother and her father

So much fear

The virus is here

Yet she didn’t shed a tear

Yet 50 km is all that stood by her and her goal

But dreams went down the gutter

As her last word, she uttered



Or was it child labour?

One must ponder.

Nandhitha Babuji is a 17-year-old (turning 18 next month) aspiring poet from Tamil Nadu, passionate about using her words to show solidarity against children’s issues.