The bus roared in the capital all through that night
while the demons inside tortured and tormented beyond human might
yet all the screams and wails that echoed under that dark sky
were not audible to a single passer-by
What followed was the national outrage
the protests, marches and dharnas that they did stage
a candle was lit here and a demand was filed there
there was utter chaos, accusations and angry people everywhere
She shouldn’t have stepped out so late at night
getting into a bus with a guy friend is just not right?
Women should be home and always looked after by men
with no husband or brother to tag, no stepping out for her then?
There were so many suggestions and everyone had an idea
She could have been docile or just called the rapist her ‘Bhaiya’!
Lets place cameras, lets have more cops
Lets just keep her at home was a plan most tops
Its our life, shouldn’t we have a say?
On what we do and how, be it night or day?
Can I not have the right to responsible freedom
In this world only for men and their kingdom!
I decide that I will acquire enough skill
All my roles with the best measure I will fulfil
Its my safety at every step that I will keep in mind
As the first police woman for myself, I’m more empowered, you will find!
We have come together for a cause thats core to us
To be who we are, whether in a taxi, train or bus
We help one another, our perpetrators cant go far
Being that Durga in times of need, cos that’s who we are!