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Demons of a broken society

20 1 13

Once again, we have not been able to make sense of a tragedy that has shaken us to the core. In some respects, the popular response to the horrendous crime that was committed in Kasur did set the stage for some drastic steps to deal with the enduring evils of our society. But there are no signs of any moral and intellectual renaissance emerging from this trauma.

Perhaps that cannot be expected in our present circumstances when the forces of orthodoxy and fanaticism are gaining currency. At the same time, this focus on the sexual abuse of our children also projects the imperative for a progressive social change that, alas, is not to be.

A major problem is that our political leaders as well as our rulers are not willing to attend to the state of our society, which is losing its equilibrium at an alarming pace. Look at how they play their politics and how fundamental issues that relate to the wellbeing of the people do not attract any serious attention.

Yes, the surge of anger and grief over the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur that we have witnessed this week was overwhelming and it momentarily pushed politics into the background. There were violent protests in Kasur itself and expressions of outrage across the country. Civil society activists and celebrities were able to register their points of view in an effective manner. There is also no doubt that all families were........

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