By Udita Garg:
Happy I was,
for a new beginning awaited me.
I was happy as I was
nearer to my dreams.
With excitement and some anxiety
after sometime, I boarded a bus in my city
to reach my college on its first day,
and as I was on my way.
I still remember how comfortably,
how easily and fearlessly,
almost as if rightfully
those hands felt me!
I was disgusted,helpless and afraid;
the crowded bus was his aid.
I was angry and tearful
but mostly fearful.
I tried to hit him;
I tried to run away.
I was helpless and he,
shameless and unafraid!
I tried all I could
in hope, stop he would.
But my suffering ended
only with the journey.
And I was shocked
and almost shattered
the man who had stalked
me, to him it did not matter.
But I have this fear;
at nights have this tear.
The incident had shook me
and though it was not first time,
that this way some one took me
but I fear every day and night.
And sometimes in nightmares I fight
with shameless men who think they have right,
on every woman who pass by
but I still don’t have fearless nights.
Though it happened to me before too
but I, could really not get over through
the plight I suffered that day
and though I travel in bus each day
I can never travel fearlessly
as I don’t feel safe in my city.