Ask Me Not to Rest in Peace

With all mortal ties broken
Untethered I fly away
With freedom I felt so less often
Towards my Maker I sway.

I leave behind my loved ones
Alongside my shattered dreams
Usurping my laughter with
A nightmare of my screams.

Albeit someday the sinners will pay
Am I the last one to burn this way?
So I wonder why everyone does today
“Rest in peace” bother to say.

No revenge but justice I seek
No pity but respect I deserve
No tears but resolve I need
No words but action I demand.

While my sisters live in fear
Of the bawdy and brazen stares
While Laxmi and Durga they hold dear
But treat us women as wares.

While the alleys echo stories of shame
And lust goes on a trample spree
While the victims get all the blame
And the beasts keep roaming free.

While more eyes are left to rue
And smiles are torn apiece
Ask me not, and lest you too,
Agree to rest in peace.

There has been shock and outrage in India over the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus in the capital, Delhi on December 16th, 2012. Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars, then thrown out of the moving bus into the street. The 23-year-old medical student died in a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries. The four convicts were hanged before dawn on March 20, 2020.

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