A poem in solidarity with Kainat Soomro - a victim of frayed justice

Airyn Lentija-Sloan
Posted June 10, 2013 from Philippines

Kainat Soomro was violently gang-raped by four men in the rural village of Dadu in southern Pakistan in 2009 when she was 13 years-of-age. As typically happens in Pakistan, rather than rush to the young girl's defence the village elders decreed that she had brought shame upon the village and ordered her family to kill her.

I wrote this poem in response to the publiched recently article i've read in news.com.au


Frayed Justice (A poem for Kainat Soomro)

By Airyn Lentija Sloan

In this ebbing world how much courage you'll need to survive?

Our question to the unknown

If by chance you noticed her glance will you digest the stress... the despondency...

upon her cheeks they tarry...

perhaps, dust that filth in your eyes that you might see her scalded marrow... the lasting torment of that instance...

her innocence stripped with mud an unending asylum where light is trapped within tearing seconds...

her lifelong demons eat her nerves piece by piece within that mental arena without escape

they gang-raped ...her.

And after bleeding her wound she was called "Kari" for the world to understand "Black Virgin"

they labeled ...her.

Yes, they pushed her under, cheapened... demoted... humiliated... from the delicate mortal that she is...

for what account... for what misdeed...

a sister? a family? a friend?

a suffering victim fraying for justice, praying for inner peace ...she.

What life is there to live for such a shattered soul...

another call out to the unknown.


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Vega Tom
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013

Airyn -

Thank you for sharing this powerful, poignant and moving poem. It's a strangely beautiful (given the subject) and connecting form to convey something of such pain and injustice.


Airyn Lentija-Sloan
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013

Hi Vega,

Thank you so much for reading. I'm glad to help voicing out the the cries of the hearts of the victims through my poetry. The article about Kainat really touched my heart.

Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013

thank you for sharing. this poem moved me and thank you for engraving her story in our herats. i pray for justice for all the girls going through such dehumanisation

Airyn Lentija-Sloan
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013

Dear Pelamutunzi,

After writing the first line of this poem, I was hoping that in this little way I can help this girl tell others of her pain. Perhaps people might help her, if not through legal actions but at least with prayers. I am so glad that I've touched your heart. God bless