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When collective apathy continues to fail us

10 3 8
13.01.2018

The writer is a freelance journalist and a development communications professional who is passionate about women empowerment and gender equality

Extreme excitement or pain often leaves people speechless. I woke up to the latter on January 10th. Innocent eight-year-old Zainab was raped, killed and thrown in the trash in Kasur. This is the 11th known case of abduction, rape and murder of a child in the city only this past year. The district is also responsible for the largest child abuse scandal in Pakistan’s history and yet no steps have been taken to ensure that an incident like this never takes place again.

The first instance of such an incident should raise an alarm loud enough to ring an emergency. Clearly, this crime has become a trend in Kasur and it calls for a public hanging. The punishment needs to be brutal enough for people to remember it for years to come. It needs to be so brutal that whenever a demon comes close to a child to abuse them, the thought of the punishment........

© The Express Tribune