Neerja Dadhich, a female judge in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan recited aloud a heart-touching poem while announcing death penalty to a 22-year-old man accused for raping a three-year-old girl.
“Jis masoom ko dekh ke man me pyar umad ke ata hai, dekha usi ko man me kuch ke haivan utar ke ata hai (A child whose sight evokes love in the heart, some think of evil while gazing at her)…”
Dadhich pens down these lines giving a chill to all present in the court room. Criticising those who believe that rapes are linked to attire, the poem further read –
“Kapdo ke karan hote rape jo kahe unhe batlau mai, akhir teen sal ki bacchi ko saree kaise pehnau mai (Those who say rapes happen because of clothes, I want to ask them how do I make a three-year-old chid wear a saree)…”
“Gar ab bhi na sudhre to ek din aisa ayega, is desh ko beti dene se bhagwan bhi ghabraega (If we don’t change now there will come a day when even God will be afraid to bless this country with girls),” read a part of Dadhich’s poem.
Under Section 376AB of IPC which was introduced under The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2018 last month, providing death sentence for the rape of girls below 12 years of age, Judge Neerja penalised the accused Vinod Kumar, with death sentence. The accused was awarded the death sentence on Friday, within 29 days of the crime. Kumar had raped the victim at the residence of her maternal grandmother.
Read complete poem here –
“Voh masum naazuk bachhi, ek aangan ki kali thi, voh maa- baap ki aankho ka taara thi, armaano se pali thi.
Jiski maasum adaao se maa-baap ka din ban jaata tha, jiski ek muskaan se aage pathar bhi moum ban jaata tha.
Voh masum bachhi thik se bol nahi paati thi, dikhaa ke jiski maasumiyat udaasi bhi muskaan ban jaati thi.
Jisne jeevan ke keval teen basant hi dekhe the, uspr yeh annyaay hua, yeh kese vidhi ke lekhe the? Ek teen saal ki beti pr yeh kesa atyachaar hua?
Ek bacchi ko darindo se bacha na ske yeh kese mulk itna laachar hua? Uss bachhi pr kitna julm hua, vot kitna royi hogi.
Mera hi kaleja fatt jaaata h toh maa se kese soyi hogi?
Jis maasum ko dekhkr mann mei pyaar umad kar aata h, dekh ussi ko kuch ke mann mei hewaan utar aata h.
Kapdo ke kaaran hote rape jo kahe, unhe batlaau mai, aakhir teen saal ki bachhi ko saree kese pehnau mei?
Gar ab bhi na sudhre toh ek din aisa aayega, iss desh ko beti dene se bhaghwaan bhi ghabhrayega.”