We've demeaned our goddesses: Farhan Akhtar's poem on Delhi gang-rape

We've demeaned our goddesses: Farhan Akhtar's poem on Delhi gang-rape
Farhan Akhtar has written a poem, lamenting that "we've demeaned our goddesses,"
An emotional Farhan Akhtar added his voice to Amitabh Bachchan's to express his shock and angst over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital.

Amitabh Bachchan wrote extensively on social networking sites, condemning the rape as "atrocious and unforgivable," and calling for "every Indian to become a vigilante."

Actor and director Farhan tweeted on 17th December, the day news of the brutal rape broke:

Yes we can stoop lower as a people. The Delhi bus gang rape is proof of that. Is justice asleep?

I believe swift and severe punishment is the only deterrent. These deviants are not afraid of consequence as it comes too little too late.

Farhan has now written a poem, lamenting that "we've demeaned our goddesses," and asking "what is this country that I live in."

Farhan also tweeted today: The guilty should be treated as terrorists. Just because they target one woman and not a nation, doesn't mean that's not their crime.

Everything has a tipping point and r nation just crossed it with the Delhi gangrape case. we demand a new, faster system of justice 4 Rape.

Read Farhan's poem:

What is this country that I live in?
With no equality
And the quality of life
Differs from husband to wife
Boy to girl, brother to sister
Hey Mister, are you the same?
Contributing to the national shame
Replacing your mothers
With the bent ideology of another's
perception that women have a particular role in society
Fills my heart with anxiety
Where is all of this going?
What will emerge from these seeds that we're sowing?
It makes my head spin
But I'm not giving in
Will keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?

What is this country that I live in?
That takes away her right to love
Brutalises her with an iron glove
Rapes her without fear
of there being justice for her tear
We've demeaned our goddesses
Gone back on all our promises
Become a gender distorted nation
Given our conscience a permanent vacation
what do I tell my daughter?
That she's growing up to be lamb for the slaughter
we've got to make a change
Reboot, reformat, rearrange,
and never give in
no matter how much our head may spin
Just keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?
Here to help. Love. Farhan.

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