Mar ja Sali

You scum,
Screamed the
Crazed juvenile,
Eyes glazed,
Face contorted,
While ramming a rod into her
Fragile young
Limp body of the
Brutalizing her further,
While in extreme pain,
The woman writhed
And flailed,
In that ill-fated
Moving Delhi bus;
He pulled it out
Along with her intestines,
And she bled;
Her body violated by the
Monsters masquerading
As civilized young men,
The juvenile was plain wild,
Treating her worst than
The Gestapo or Star Chamber police;
She was now reduced to
A mere living corpse,
Of no use to anybody;
And therefore,
Did have no right to live,
In a society that finds
Women lusty objects
To be possessed and then shed
And shredded like stained paper;
And they, the heartless rapists,
Satiated and burping after
Their raw cannibalism
Of eating their live female feast;
Wanted to kill the human evidence,
But could not complete that
Diabolic plan
And left her then
Along with her male companion
To die on a Delhi road;
Because they knew
The apathy of the public
And the police will do the rest;
And eventually,
Despite a nation re-awakened,
It finally did,
Because the death of a common
Matters not,
In power-driven Delhi.
(Note: Inspired by the recent media accounts of rape-victim’s mother. Mar ja Sali is loosely rendered in the first two lines, reflecting the mindset of a commodified culture to female body, worth and life.)

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

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