According to the National Crime Record Bureau’s report, in the last one decade, crimes against dalits have risen by 37%. In 2019, on an average, 10 cases of rape of dalit women were reported daily.
Hathras is not an isolated incident.
This week in Bol’s month of #DalitResistance poetry, Tamil poet and activist Kutti Revathi reads her heart wrenching poem, “Manisha’s Spine”, rendered in English by Ethiraj Akilan, reminding us of the hardships dalit women go through and the strength with which they resist.
to smash to pieces with a bang,
the spine of ‘Manu’
that has not for once been
broken before burial