This poem is part of a series about Asifa Bano – the Kashmiri Muslim girl who was brutally raped and murdered earlier this year in Kashmir.
Manu Kant was born at Patiala, Punjab but brought up in Chandigarh. He also lived in the erstwhile Soviet Union from where he did his post-graduation in TV journalism from the prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow in 1993. He is a freelance journalist and a committed Marxist. His articles have appeared in The Tribune, Chandigarh, The Indian Express, Pioneer and Kolkata-based weekly Frontier. He has published seven poetry books. His latest poetry book is titled Asifa Bano’s Smile which is about the little Kashmiri girl who was killed after a horrific gang-rape in Kashmir in January, 2018. Manu keenly follows Indian art and theatre.