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-       By Tanvi Nathwani, Standard 8,  Mumbai

The whole world was shocked by the Delhi rape case. The impact of this brutal incident was like a deep cut of a sword. After this incident, most girls and women feel that being a female is a curse. Find a volcano of feelings in the form of a poem ...and see how far reaching the impact was on a 13 year old girl.
A young flower in the world’s garden
a kaleidoscope of dreams
a medley of hopes
Squelched by devils in human form
She was Nirbhaya.

The Final Dragon exposed
clad in chains
face of a mirror, hiding her wounds
She was Nirbhaya.

The experience of pain
the encounter to vulnerability
the happenstance of untold excruciation
She was Nirbhaya.

How could they do this horrendous act?
Could they not live without the conscience intact?
Just let it bleed, let it bleed
bleed her dry, let her cry
She was Nirbhaya.

Brave in face of devastation
brave in face of agonising surgeries
brave in face of death
She was Nirbhaya.

A signal to the world
let not human turn to beasts
society to impotency
government to idle spectators
law to unimplemented story books
She was Nirbhaya.

Her world was cracked, and ripped apart,
A sudden anguish seized her heart;
O' Father, where is your constancy?
she is now bound to this cursed tree
She was Nirbhaya.

And high above, on top of this tree
she will look down and she will see
Who was loyal; and who betrayed,
the road to sadness; the road to regret
if it was true; if it was felt
because She was Nirbhaya.

It is a misfortune, such demons exist
But may my predicament be a fist
To any future barbarian who dares
Please make the society safe, it’s about who cares
She was the ultimate Nirbhaya.

A blot on our values
a blemish on our morals
a smear on the face of humanity
a burning flame of memory now
She was Nirbhaya.

So let’s break the mirror
let the rebellious shards fly
let the tears erode
the steel, the metal, the salty water
When it's over after the last and desperate roar
freedom will ring
woman empowerment will begin
There will be no need to look back then
She was Nirbhaya, and so are we.

Letter from Tanvi Nathwani to her creative writing teacher Ms. Purvi Doshi.

Hello Purvi ma'am!

How u doing? I'm fine..

I have some news to share with you: The success of my poem!

You must be aware of the recent Delhi gang-rape incident.. It was all flashed on the TV and reported in the newspapers every day. When I got to know all about it, I was agitated.. hurt and almost scared of being a girl myself. I needed a way to vent out my emotions, and so I wrote a poem. 

The poem is entitled 'She was Nirbhaya'.  Nirbhaya is what the media named her, meaning fearless/brave.     It is not only a volcano of my feelings when I first got to know about this cruel incident, but also a message to the society (women in the society) towards the end..

It is written from the bottom of my heart, and so I thought I should share it with you.

As usual, I give you the credit for the success of this poem.. It is published in the Rotary News Magazine and the Rotary GML magazine, and it is also most probably going to appear in the Campion School's magazine (it was sent there and they really liked it and said they might publish it in their magazine)

So, thank you ma'am, for elevating the poetry-writing skills in me which I never knew existed. Even though I no longer see you, you are remembered and forever will be... If you need any help or anything, I'm always there and if I need any help, I'm hoping you're there for me too ... Haha......    

Thanks for all your support, and do keep in touch!

From,Tanvi Nathwani, Standard 8, Mumbai

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Jaya.5 years ago
The way Tanvi has written this poem is fantastic. She has poured my heart out. I feel very strong as a woman after reading this poem. This poem will not only empower Indian women but the women around the globe. May the soule victim of Delhi gang rape case rest in peace...Amen
Anushree.5 years ago
Hats off to you Tanvi and hats off to your teacher Purvi. At the age of 13, the way you think is amazing. Thank you for the wonderful poem. This is exactly what every women in India is going through after getting to know about the terrifying Delhi gang rape.
Suhasini.5 years ago
Tanvi, I loved the poem very much and I feel that as a woman I should share it with all other women I know. And I think every woman who reads this poem should it with all her female friends. Each word of this poem is wonderful...
Geetha.5 years ago
My God. This girl has written so nicely. This poem is completely touching. What words, after reading this poem, I feel empowered. And we should not at all feel ashamed of being women. I Salute Tanvi for writing such a beautiful and eye opening poem.
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