(Aruna Shanbaugh, the Mumbai rape victim nurse, passes away in a 42 years long coma)
A long nightmare
comes to an end,
releasing the hostage, the soul,
from the prison called body,
after serving an incredible, unbelievable
42 years long sentence.
Aruna Shanbaug finally breathes her last,
to the relief of some
and utter grief of all the rest
Once upon a time,
a young woman, with starry dreams
of a happy life
landed in Mumbai,
having larger plans
to settle down, in life
A nurse by profession,
she plunged into her act,
serving the mankind,
helping the injured and sick
heal their wounds, cure their maladies
and go back to health
after calling it a day, as she
was preparing to leave,
the unsuspecting…poor soul
got attacked from behind
by a beast most abominable.
Felled instantly and pinned down on the floor,
choked with a dog leash to silence her,
she got sexually assaulted
and left behind gasping for breath,
bleeding profusely, writhing in pain and…
lying totally helpless.
Deep wounds snapped
her vital oxygen supply to the brain
totally blind and
reduced to a vegetable existence for life,
‘Sentenced to life in coma, till death!’
Her miserable plight touched
different people in different manners.
Pronouncing her better dead than alive,
out of compassion, concern
over her infinite trauma,
the apex court was moved
to allow her mercy killing, the euthanasia.
Killing and mercy…the misnomer, ain’t it?.
Can killing be ever an act of mercy? Why not?
If it is under euthanasia.
And owing to the petition, although a failed one,
Aruna became the face of euthanasia,
by default though.
However, amidst all the turmoil over euthanasia,
humanity did not lapse into coma,
nor was active compassion and service dead.
Aruna’s shocked, stunned sister nurses
rose up in protest,
taking it upon themselves to undertake
every care of their unfortunate sister
saying, ‘How could anyone think of
ending her (Aruna’s) life?’
Destiny asserting, and the apex court
rejecting the prayer to kill the victim,
Aruna was allowed to keep breathing
under the everlasting loving care
of her sister nurses
until her destined last moment arrived.
She passes away!
leaving behind the headline –
‘Aruna lives through her death.’
RIP the noble soul!
P.S.: And kudos to the sister nurses
for proving true to the
holy profession and all
that the nursing really stands for!