Hello Dear little Asifa Bano
It is difficult to write to a tiny human who was torn apart, tattered, mangled and mauled by six thugs whom even hell may not accept.
I am sure that wherever you are now, will be better than with us, who are left to shudder with the horror of what you endured in a temple, of all places, where none of us were there to help you.
The whole of India, the one with souls, is bathed in the shame and sorrow of not being inside the hell that grabbed you. But all our hearts beat with your agony and are only able to breathe a little, because the six fiends have been caught.
But then, we saw the video of your last song, on You Tube, when you were alive and well, and your voice embraced your mother and father who are now torn apart for ever. They had to flee the place where you were mauled and lost to them, for their safety. More shame and despair for us…
I wish I hadn’t seen it, you singing with that little knot of hair on top of your head, as it made the entire mountain of horror rise up again, to smother us with its agony. But we must endure all the darkness for your sake and to ensure it does not happen to any other little girl ever again.
I was visiting the Delhi zoo yesterday where I saw a clutch of deer sitting there and remembered that your mother had described you as a little deer because you ran so fast. Agony again, a river of rage and hopeless shame engulfed the nation. Do you know that the brightest of Bollywood stars mourned, wept and spoke up for you? So did writers, poets, students, children, everyone who cannot stop aching for you…
Forgive us little girl, only eight, and brutalized by ghouls. We are all responsible and we will always endure one dark hole of shame and suffering for having chosen the ruler of this country who cannot protect little souls…..
this letter to you is not from us humans, we don’t deserve you. It is from the silent real angels of this world who alone deserve to write to you and to gain your forgiveness….
These squirrels and butterflies are for you alone, to forgive us….