In the Dead of the Night

In the dead of the night
I burn yet again

Trampled by the terror
I take to the pyre
To put it to rest
Your deafening silence

So no more like me
Suffer the fate and agony
Lest not my hope
Disappear in this smoke

In the dead of the night
I wish you be human again

On 14 September 2020, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh, India, by four upper caste men. She died two weeks later in a Delhi hospital. After her death, the victim was forcibly cremated by the police without the consent of her family, a claim denied by the police.

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