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Asifa's heartbreaking story

Monday, April 16, 2018

We’re hearing the traumatised reactions everywhere of  citizens, especially women, who feel threatened by the lack of law and order and the overt bestiality present in our country in the wake of the brutalisation of women. But there are other reactions too, some of them more poignant. Here’s a poem posted by actress Vidya Balan on social media, that tells of what Asifa, the 8-year-old who was brutally raped and murdered in Kathua, might have said to her mother from the after-world. Vidya says the poem was sent to her by a friend and that the last paragraph “sliced through my heart”:
 
I SENT THE HORSES BACK HOME

Maai,
I sent the horses trotting,
And they found their way back home.
 
But, I couldn't.
My legs that you thought were
Swift as those of a deer,
They froze.
Maai, they froze.
 
But I sent the horses home.
 
Maai, them monsters,
They had no horns or fangs,
Or deadly long nails.
But they hurt me.
They hurt me bad, Maai.
The purple flowers,
The yellow butterflies,
They stood there helpless.
 
While I sent the horses back home.
 
Maai,
Tell Baba that I know,
I know,
I know he tried.
I heard him say out my name,
I heard him repeat it loud.
But,
I was sleepy Maai,
I was tired.
Them monsters,
They hurt me bad.
 
Strange as it may seem to you,
Maai,
It feels like your warmth now.
It doesn't hurt anymore.
The blood has dried
And it looks like the purple blossoms
That swayed with me in the meadows.
It doesn't hurt, Maai.
 
Maai,
The monsters are still out there.
And there are stories too.
Don't listen to them Maai,
Gut wrenching and agonizing they are
And a lot you've gone through.
 
Maai,
Lest I forget,
There's a temple there
Where lives a goddess.
Thank her,
For I think it's she who helped,
 
The horses find their way back home.

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