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On Rapists’ Remission | Sagari Chhabra

Friday 16 September 2022, by Sagari Chhabra

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In the blink of an eye
they changed the axis of the earth,
the belief that we were equal
that justice would prevail,
but it is of no avail;
and I beg your honour,
for your kind permission,
to place on record,
for I know I cannot afford
to offend,
but some men did descend
to the floor,
to touch their feet,
distributing a mouth-watering sweet,
for raping women
is now an accomplished feat.

We do not aspire to be equal,
we only know,
we are safe,
if we keep out of harm’s way;
stay ensconced
within the four walls
of your home, is the dictum,
and if you are poor, a minority, or a woman,
the moral compass does not extend
the scales of justice do not bend;
get to the scaffold,
or in domesticity be honed;
but remember the goddess Kali
cast in stone?
She may just lift an upturned foot,
and stamp you
with the anger of women betrayed;
her tongue may lash
a thousand curses,
for subverting morality, decency
and the constitution;
there will someday,
be retribution.

— Sagari Chhabra, 13 September 2022

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