Cowards!

She was walking along the road with her head bowed down,

She was wearing a chudidar, not a revealing gown,

Her head was covered too, and her eyes downcast,

And her gait was as normal, not too slow, not too fast.

Yet, they closed in on her like hungry, famished vultures,

Like it didn’t matter to them what they said in a thousand cultures,

They teased and they mocked, they sneered and they leered,

And while one did the horror, the other monsters cheered.

The cries of the poor girl echoed emptily through the streets,

They ripped down her clothes and turned a blind eye to her pleas,

There was no one to hear her, there was no one to rescue,

She couldn’t save herself and the monsters, away they flew.

She lay there for eternity, sobbing away in her naked grief,

Her clothes were now fluttering like a withered, shivering leaf,

She tried to get up and rescue her beaten self,

But the trauma had caught up, she needed someone else’s help.

Dawn came along and it saw her unconscious body,

Lying on the roadside waiting for somebody,

To pick her up, to help her, to get her medical aid,

Yet people stared and went by, as helpless there she lay.

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Picture Courtesy: indianexpress.com

Finally there came a kind-hearted stranger,

Who picked her up and got her out of danger,

As her eyes opened in the dull, white hospital ward,

She realized what had happened and cried and cursed the Lord.

She found her parents crying inconsolably beside her,

But there were there with her, so strong were the bonds that tied her,

She sobbed and she sobbed and apologized to her parents,

But she knew that there was no way to make amends.

Her parents consoled her, they knew they had to be strong,

They told her it was not she who was in the wrong,

They vowed to find the monsters who had done this,

Bring them to court and bring them to justice.

She was not convinced that those monsters could be tamed,

She thought they could only be temporarily maimed,

Her whole life looked so dark, so undeservingly bleak,

She felt so frail, so unnervingly weak.

The moment her body allowed her to go around,

She woke up determinedly and vowed to leave the ground,

She walked up to the sill and looked upon the landscape,

She silently said her goodbyes, as the idea of giving up took its final shape.

Her parents’ faces swam into her view, bringing instant tears to her eyes,

She thought of whether it would be worth giving up those wonderful ties,

But she realized that it was not, that it was no way to go forward,

She stepped off the sill and vowed to bring justice to the monstrous cowards.

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