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we have names by Rebecca Gaffron

rape does not describe
what they did,
the horror of the word no match
for the horror endured
nameless
to save your family
the embarrassment
of a woman impure.
and when the world
demanded it, officials
called you Nirbhaya: fearless.
but that is not your name.
some father’s daughter,
tortured and taken, leaving him only
that sick moment when
joy becomes elusive, unreal.
leaving him only courage,
born of grief and roused by yours,
to call you light,
and speak the name aloud,
Jyoti.

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