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The Tayyaba judgment

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14.06.2018

The writer is editorial consultant at The Express Tribune, news junkie, bibliophile, cat lover and occasional cyclist

Friends who had followed the case of the child-maid so dreadfully tortured by the couple who were her ‘employers’ said in advance of the hearing last Monday that they expected it to be over in minutes. The usual whitewash, they said. And I believed that to be the likely outcome as well. I expected the people who had abused a child by beating her with assorted objects and burning her on several parts of her body with a hot iron, to have their appeal against their sentences granted, to walk free. And that is not what happened.

The judgment, all 46 pages of it were read out to a packed and stunned court. This was not what the boys in black were expecting. Those who had campaigned for Tayyaba were slack-jawed in amazement and some wept, hardly able to believe what they were hearing. To amazement on all sides justice was delivered. It was fair, scrupulous, named names and ended with the fines of the accused being increased and their jail sentences extended from one to........

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