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Zainab’s death: our collective responsibility

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Being mother of a little girl, I can at least empathise with the ordeal of pain and dread that parents of seven-year-old Zainab, the little girl found raped and murdered in Kasur, are going through. This pain will stay with them long after the social media gurus forget the incident and move on to other issues.

Loss of a child so young and so innocent to even natural causes creates a lifelong void in the hearts of parents, for the smallest coffins are the heaviest. But Zainab and many children like her have been lost to sick, brutal rapists that prowl our society. A society that in recent times has slowly learnt as a self-defence mechanism to not let young children go out playing alone, preferring them to stay indoors most of the time.

Zainab’s tragic case is not an isolated incident. According to news reports, more than 720 incidents of the same nature have been reported in the media since 2015.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) reported very clearly that a fact finding mission received ‘credible testimonials indication large scale sexual abuse of children over many years in village Husain Khan Wala in Kasur district.’ This issue was discounted by the politicians as a part of land dispute controversy. It has been claimed that if the government had paid heed at the time, the incident of........

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