Song for Sonali

শুনেছি দারুন সুন্দর তুমি
যদিও এসিডে পোড়া
পরাজয় তুমি মানোনি সোনালি
এ গান ফুলের তোড়া।।

বেঁচে আছো তুমি রানীর মেজাজে
শুভ্রত বলছিল
তোমার গল্প করতে করতে
চোখ দু’টো জ্বলছিল

তোমার মতই জখম অনেকে
এসিডে আহত মেয়ে
তুমি একা নও বলছি তোমায়
গানের কসম খেয়ে

সোনালি তোমার পৃথিবীটাইতো
জখম হচ্ছে রোজ
উপবাসে মরা মায়ের শরীরে
চলে শকুনের ভোজ

তবুতো তোমার জন্য মানুষ
এগোচ্ছে একে একে
মা হারা মেয়েটা একা একা কাঁদে
ক’জন আর ফিরে দেখে

একদিন তুমি দেখবে ও’মুখ
হাসি মুখে আয়নায়
সোনালি তোমার জন্য এ গান
রইল অপেক্ষায়।।

About Sonali Mukherjee…

Sonali Mukherjee is a woman from Dhanbad, India, whose face was permanently disfigured by an acid attack in 2003 when she was 18. Her family has spent all their savings on her treatment.

She was a National Cadet Corps cadet, which she had to quit after her attack. In 2003, almost one and half months prior to the incident, three alleged assailants – Tapas Mitra, and his two friends Sanjay Paswan and Bhrahmadev Hajra – told her that she was a Ghamandi (arrogant) person and they would teach her a lesson. Her father later complained to the families of the three men. On 22 April, when she was asleep on the roof of her house, she was attacked with acid and left with a burnt face and other severe injuries. Her sister was also injured in the incident.

The perpetrators were sentenced to nine years in jail but were granted bail when they appealed to the High Court. Mukherjee’s family approached the court and various other authorities for justice, including the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, multiple MPs, but she received “aashwasan (assurances)… nothing else”.

Chandidas Mukherjee, Sonali’s father, later stated in an interview: “We appealed in the high court… Nothing happened. They were sent to jail but were released soon after. Now they are busy enjoying their lives. The law against acid attackers needs to be made tougher. Otherwise we will have many more Sonalis.

Source: Wikipedia

The song wants to convey Sonali that, “I’ve heard that you are a dazzling beauty, even if acid burnt You haven’t accepted defeat Sonali, this song is a bouquet for you.”

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