Fazil Jamili: A Confession of Crime

Posted on 11 June 2013 by

On 8 March 2013, the Provincial Assembly of Sindh unanimously passed a Bill against domestic violence which subsequently became an Act. On 30 March 2013, Aurat Foundation held a meeting of all stakeholders and those who had contributed towards the passage of this Bill. Poet Fazil Jamili dedicated this poem on this occasion to the women of Pakistan.

(Translated from Urdu by Dr. Masuma Hasan, President of the Board of Governors, Aurat Foundation, WLP’s partner in Pakistan, and Chairman of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs. The translation was originally posted in the journal Pakistan Horizon.)

Pakistani poet Fazil Jamili

Pakistani poet Fazil Jamili

Time is the best court of justice

and in this court

I confess my crime today

we have walked together

in the long journey of life

you held me dearer than life

and I kept killing you

from Adam down to this day

all the blood that I have spilt

has flowed out from your body

I buried you alive

when you were born

suffocated you by building walls around you

and hanged you from the gallows

we built a house together

in which you live like a domestic slave

and I live like the master of the house

I used to sing your praises

just to satisfy my lust

but now I can recall

how much I lied to you

my past is a history of deception

and my present is repentance

before this remorse

drives me some day to suicide

rebel my partner

and take control of your own life

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