If the news of Asifa’s life does not move us to tears, something is not right with us. If the news of Asifa’s murder does not evoke in us anger, something is wrong with us. My heart cries out with pain! My heart cries out with anger! I am angry. I am downcast. What has become of us? What is our moral climate changing to? Where are we headed?
The news of Asifa not only has Kashmir on edge; it has us all, all of humanity, all of India, all of us men. What depraved reasoning caused these devilish men to make a political statement by raping a child? What morbid fascination caused these bestial men to clout the head of a little child? History haughtily taught us that men were the authors of life; today men have become worse – they break, crack open, assault and scorn life.
Today men with power, men in power and men of power consecrate their political and communal affiliations by violating innocent lives. I ask – what power is theirs that it murders the gaiety of a child’s existence? What power is theirs that it desires and acquires whatever it wants (land and flesh) and justifies immoral and inhuman means of acquisition however it so desires? What power is theirs that dispels all moral consciousness and compassion? What power do their barbarous phalli have to penetrate and desecrate bodies? What power is theirs that it leaves them immaculate in the eyes of the law? What power is theirs that it shelters them from public scrutiny? What power is theirs that it draws legislative morons to their defense? What power is theirs that it invalidates all moral reasoning? What power is theirs that effects such heinous behavior in the aim of preserving and advancing their religious, communal and political affiliations? What power is theirs that it cannot be crushed by our voices of anger and despair and our cries for justice?
The blood of Asifa cries out. It cries out for justice.