Read actor Farhan Akhtar’s poignant poems on sexual assault against women

Updated on Oct 05, 2016 11:21 PM IST

Hindustan Times kicks off its 8-part series, Let’s talk about rape, where eminent Indians write open letters to discuss the reality of sexual assault in India.

Actor Farhan Akhtar writes a letter to his daughter as part of HT’s Let’s Talk About Rape(IANS)
Actor Farhan Akhtar writes a letter to his daughter as part of HT’s Let’s Talk About Rape(IANS)
Hindustan Times | ByFarhan Akhtar

Starting today, Hindustan Times kicks off its 8-part series, Let’s talk about rape, where eminent Indians write open letters to discuss the reality of sexual assault in India.

The first letter is from actor Farhan Akhtar’s to his daughter and discusses his father’s instinct to protect her in a world unsafe for women.

Akhtar, who is also a director, singer and lyricist, is behind the social campaign MARD -- Men Against Rape and Discrimination -- which aims to raise social awareness about sexual violence against women.

Apart from the letter, Akhtar has expressed his deep anguish at the wanton rape of women in India. Akhtar wrote the first poem after reading a news report about the rape of a 5 year old in Bangalore, which left him profoundly depressed. He addresses himself to the child:

I see you little girl

tears in your eyes

bruises on your body

blood on your thighs

I hear you little girl

your whimpers your cries

your silenced protest

your resonating sighs

I feel you little girl

your pain on the rise

your trust of man in ruins

your childhood’s demise

I understand you little girl

your rage your surprise

your confusion about the beast

in human disguise

I stand with you little girl

I stand with you little girl.

The second poem also addresses a young woman, but the message is one of hope and resilience. The words encourage the girl to have strength and believe in herself.

When life breaks you

pick up the pieces

Stick them back together

Smoothen out the creases

Brush off the dirt

Re-apply the colour

Polish the rough edges

Shine up what’s duller

And when you’re done

creating this new person

Just let in some love

To complete your new version.

Be all that you can be

Be fearless my child, Be free

When people get you down

Tell you you’re wrong

You’ve got to believe in yourself

Remember you’re strong

Cut out the noise

Ignore derision

Tear off the blindfold

impairing your vision

And when you’re done

Standing up full height

Just let in some love

And let your dreams take flight

Be all that you can be

Be fearless my child, Be free

Read: Let’s talk about rape: Farhan Akhtar’s open letter to his daughter

Follow our series and join the conversation with #LetsTalkAboutRape on social media

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