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Despite all the outcry over the brutal murder of the little girl from Kathua, we are only waiting until the next such episode of brutality occurs.
They were shamelessly resolute
To teach my tribe a lesson
So they set their hungry gaze on me
Waiting for that opportune slot of the day
And then they seized me
While I was alone
My horses returned to their sojourn
But I lay motionless
Like a sumptuous piece of a wild hunt
On that land they call pious!
They savored me scrupulously
For days together
Relishing every bit of my eight year old anatomy
Even when the last gulp of air had skipped
Out of my frail lungs
Now that I have left your brutal world
My soul is savaged forever!
But for the time being
You may conveniently exhibit
A sea of outcry
Condemn, protest, paint posters,
Fast unto death, alter the law
Colour it communal
Or shake your collective conscience
By turning your display profiles all black
By the way
I was an ordinary girl
Not your beloved daughter or sister!
So let the public outrage over my inflictions
Soar, simmer and submerge
Into hollow assurances
Hefty compensations and
Years of a painstaking judicial journey
Please carry on the euphoria
Until another girl surfaces
Adds to the existing statistics
And your heads hang in shame once again!
First published here.
The image used belongs to artist Orijit Sen, who drew it in the wake of this tragedy
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