86 injuries… a count in Surat… what a count… how did they count… why would they count…

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Poem by Ayesha Khan“86 injuries”,  in response to rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Surat, who “suffered” 86 injury marks on her private parts:

a day after
or 
perhaps somedays or years after
or 
perhaps a month or two after 
or 
perhaps a moment after
randhikpur, kathua, kutch, kopardi, patan, delhi, bhateri, jind, unnao, nagaon, nellie, suryanelli…
(it happened/s everywhere – america, myanmar, japan, congo, germany, israel, nigeria, syria, bosnia…)

86 injuries – a count in surat 
(what a count
how did they count
why would they count

a precise, undisputed count
perhaps possible
because
faith, class, caste, colour of victim
faith, class, caste, colour of perpetrator/s
yet unknown)

what to ask:
when killed, how killed, what exactly…

is there any point asking:
(whom does one ask)
why killed, where killed, who killed
why is she always …

just asking:
sure the bad men, the ugly men, the evil men
do all these bad things- they rape n kill n scoot n scram, n huff n puff their chests abig
wonder, ponder
the kith n kin, the wives n daughters n sisters n mothers n aunts and fathers n brothers n sons n uncles,
the friends n folks of these bad men, the ugly men, the evil men –
how and why
do they put up with their bad, ugly, evil deeds n live with these bad, ugly, evil men
how and why
do they defend n justify these bad, ugly, evil men, n their bad, ugly evil deeds

what do they do with them, what do they ever do to them?

86 injuries – the count continues…

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