For the sins of man, and brown girl in the ring with beauty crown
someone has to apologise for fear and loss or poverty, war,
tsunamis and ballet – all marrying each other on the run, and
not saying how long they will stay…
and how. No one ‘s asking permission, no one’s dressing properly, everyone’s staying out too late,
everyone’s dating ! Even Juvenile lawyer for the Juvenile criminal( local Indian news) lost his mind, ‘I would burn that girl alive – how dare she stay out till 9! How dare she !’ he said, to our horror and I
looked at my time, it was 9 and I too was out late – worry &Sigh! ( Would those rapists ( DelhiBus) have stopped if that guy with her was her husband ? Hey Lawyer, you’re worse than anything I’ve ever read off the history of man, woman or child, and trust me, am putting this mild )
Where was I ? Ah. Crime and Beauty pageants gone – wrong , on the same page, am….
hey I’m feeling guilty, and don’t know why. Should I ?
Uh… wh – uh …
also, for being women. And human. For having to wear Indian clothes that leave out boots and gear that could perhaps improve our safety. For being brought up to believe, love, trust. That very Indian quality that makes us endearing. I know, I am recipient of appreciation for my Indian smile.
And yes, I would have trusted that Bus conductor waving me in at 9pm. I apologise for that. I apologise also that some times I wear the sari. I never really argue, I do not doubt. But now I do. And it scares me. To need to doubt. And to hear ‘; burning alive’ said with such ease. I apologise to Nirbhaya‘s parents. I cringe inside, and wish we could all just return to normal… like it used to be when there was no divide between men and women, when we just human, when the only colours that existed were true blood red , and .. uh … am sorry, but then came yellow.
- Lawyer for Delhi gang-rape convicts may lose licence (dawn.com)
- Nirbhaya’s India on July 27th, 2012 (nirbhayasindia.com)
- Katju apologises for his ‘90% Indians are fools’ remark (firstpost.com)