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Safety of children

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The rape and murder of a child in Kasur has provoked responses in provincial assemblies as well as on the streets, with violence breaking out that led to the death of two people in Kasur, killed by the police who fired live rounds directly into the crowd. Another child was raped and murdered in Punjab within 36 hours of the Kasur rape and murder. The case caught the attention of international news organisations that have featured it prominently. Social media have been alight with rage, politicians have rushed hither and thither issuing condemnatory statements as they do, and beyond calls for the public hanging of the killer(s) when caught there has been little discussion about how the safety of children can be improved and who or what was/is responsible.

There is no single or simple answer, no plug-and-play solution. There is certainly no solution in vigilante justice and the serial suspension of senior police officers and the announcement of ‘enquiries’ that disappear in puffs of smoke takes........

© The Express Tribune