… how do I explain what is rape!
… a small tiny little face with pink lips as they dream and smile innocently, busy in her own little world full of love, hope and happiness… oblivious of what is happening around her, hugs me tight and turns over and slips away in her dream world.
… every night I silently promise her as I hug her back: “My angel, I will save you from every evil eye forever… !!!”
Every morning I pray to the Lord to save my children from all that is evil and keep them safe and happy. Well every mother and every father does that… every moment.
So for 14 days ever since the Delhi girl was assaulted on 16th of December … I did not let my children know the story of the girl who went through all the ordeals. I did not know how to explain what is rape to an 8-year-old and a 12-year-old…. leave alone gang rape.
So I kept them away from television and radio and all the debates happening here and there and changed the topics … but today morning as the brave girl breathed her last … somehow they did manage to see it on some news channel.
In few words I managed to explain that she was murdered and she succumbed to injuries in the softest manner I could… I don’t know for how long can I save children from all this. But truly how does one explain what rape and gang rape is to such small children?
Well, the elder one took it seriously and wanted to know how the protests are going on and how will she get justice… the younger one was scared.
She being just eight … asked me, “Mom, it must have been so painful to be murdered by a rod…?” “Why did they throw her on the road?” … and so many questions I can’t write…
Then she asked me… “Mom is it safe to go outside? Will that man attack me? Or you? …”
Did I have any answers truly……………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had tears in my eyes… did not know how to console her… so I just prayed as I always did… “God please save my little girl from all the darkness in the world.”
… at the same time … a thought crept into my mind…
… this is exactly how the brave Delhi girl’s mother must have prayed every moment…!!!