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No Country for Women

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By: Akif Rashid

A trifecta of tragedy colours the country. Within a week, the people have seen the kidnapping-and-rape of a five-year-old girl who was out getting biscuits, the gunning down of a transgender activist, and the rape of a mother travelling with her kids. Is the public outcry truly unexpected? There is a disconnect; a rejection of a reality where this news is common and quite potentially hopeless.

In a way, the rage seems to speak well of our humanity and empathy. It’s a visceral, subconscious understanding of the fact that justice does not come easily in this land.

The man in charge of finding the culprits in the Motorway incident wondered how a woman could travel without checking her fuel. It seems eerily similar to Dua Mangi, where people came to the defence of her abductors simply because the woman had an off-the-shoulder profile picture. The ‘immodesty’ turned victim to villain.

The gyre turns, and the people react. Instagram polls on hanging or castration, or tweets demanding stoning the sinners; whatever it is, make it public so the impressionable minds learn the lesson. While we’re at it, let’s take this hurt, stunned society and ask them for a referendum about what justice is. Make the criminals afraid– or, perhaps, make them violent. They’ll burn a body so there is no........

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