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Poem: For Asifa


By Rimli Bhattacharya

The world screams, “Me too”,
How about “A child too”?
A little girl of eight is raped.

We can hear the cries of the mother.
But she is just another Kashmiri –
A Muslim…

I am a woman, I am a mother.
In my sleep, I look at my daughter.
She sleeps peacefully.

So did Asifa when they drugged her with the pills.
They stripped her.
Their erect manhood cut open         her undeveloped vagina.

I write for Asifa,
I hold a pen,
As my daughter sleeps beside me.

I am unsafe; so is my daughter.
Asifa wasn’t safe either.
Her abbu could not save her
Nor her ammi.

I am dead today.
So is the humanity.

Rimli Bhattacharya 
completed Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology. After obtaining an MBA, she worked in the corporate sector. Rimli is a trained Indian classical dancer, based out of Mumbai, India. She tweets at: @rimli76


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13 Responses to “Poem: For Asifa”

  1. jaxzombie

    I support you in this ode. Please sign the petition attached to my latest post on my blog to help Asifa get justice as quickly as possible.

    • Rimli

      Sorry saw your message just now but have signed the petition. Hope the little girl gets justice

  2. Sanjay Dhamshere

    Can’t say in words.Those who did this were not humanbeings .

  3. Heena

    Need to burn them
    Not to punish them
    Not they r human being
    Need to fire them…!!!

    • Rimli

      Dear Dhwani, I did read your poem and I liked it very much. Many thanks for sharing your poem with me.


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