Don’t Doubt Us, We have been your students

Ravi Kumar

I remember those faces
which wanted proof
of me getting killed,
of 16 fractures in my body
after they took me out of the hostel room,
tied me to a tree
and broke my bones

I remember those faces
which wanted oil radiator in their offices
forgetting that I was being dragged out in the cold winter night
and beaten up
when I lay silently in my hostel bed

I remember those faces
which debated
whether uniformed men entered my hostel room
and switched off the lights
when their own daughters are expected to be protected
Men in darkness in Delhi didn’t invoke good memories

I remember the faces
which wanted proof
of how I was dragged out for being the ‘circumcised’
and my hand broken

Would you like your sons and daughters
to be paraded like criminals
with hands in air
just because they were studying in a library

And then ask for a proof !!

When I was shot at
when I was dragged by my hair
when my religion became an abuse
when asking the basic right to dissent,
to express myself, to protest against
what I felt wrong became a crime
I only said it is wrong
You still ask for proofs!!

We asked some questions
that made some uncomfortable
We are blamed for asking those questions
nobody asks them why are they uncomfortable

To be with us in solidarity is the only thing we ask for
but you need proof
you need time to discuss
by then the locusts would have eaten the crop
hunger would have become normalised
humans would have become cannibals
your proof-seeking will never be pardoned

History will never pardon you!