Posted on January 24, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Economy & Development, Law & Justice, Minorities, Society, Women
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39 responses to “Shazia’s Death: A Call For Introspection”

  1. E Malik says:

    Children should not be allowed to work outside the home until they are atleast 16 years of age. This girl was exploited by her community, her family, her employer/murderer and her country. How can one claim to love Allah and exploit the weakest most vulnerable people of this world. I thought real men (men of God) protect women and children. Great countries and great politicians can be judged by how they treat their most vulnerable citizens, children.

  2. Watan Aziz says:

    Ho mera kaam ghariboon key hamayat karna?

    Is that just a poem we learned as children to impress relatives and friends of our parents? Does it not mean anything for us?

    The nostalgia that Pakistanis express regularly in these blogs is only one generational thing. Have you not heard that you could not even go on certain streets since you did not belong there? Gymkhana was not yours to enter? Governor’s House did not belong to you? You could not be even found within a mile of it.

    Have the “connected” of the 3 cities not regularly denied the “unconnected” of the same cities?

    Have the residents of 3 cities not taken away resources from the rest of Pakistanis and denied them equity and justice?

    Have you not seen that things are so bad with judicial process (because they do not expand judiciary) that people think that if a policeman made someone “murgha”, the policeman is actually doing him a “favor”?

    What kind of people have we become?

    Dard-mandos say, zaeefoon say muhabat karna?

    It is easy to accuse the victim, but then only a peer should do it. And in this case, not if you can read this? You are not a peer of the weak in Pakistan. You are the privileged.

    Let me try to explain it in a different context.

    Until recently, rape victims on college campuses were routinely asked if they “invited” advances from the rapist. It was not too long ago, that some nut-job judge would ask the victim, “but did you enjoy it?”. And it was also said that her “style of dress” invited the rape; “she had is coming”. And I am not even talking about Pakistan.

    Yes, it is not a perfect world. And we will not make it perfect either. But before we cast stones, let us for once try to see, where did the system fail? How do we fix the system? Before we begin to root out evil, and we should, what do we plan to plant in it’s place? How do we plan to water the plant and how do we become better gardeners?

    I really do not know what happened in Shazia Masih’s case. Facts are really not relevant. What is relevant is that the system is broken and nothing is happening to fix it.

    Year after year, decade after decade and soon century after century, how long should be long enough?

    Speaking of water, how long should Mai Jori Jamali wait for clean water? The children of villages in Pakistan have no imagination that water can come pouring out of a “tap”. For that matter, she has no imagination that water can even be “hot”?

    Have we no shame? Do we have no care?

    I do not want to join in the “politically correct” statements lineup. But we have postponed the problems for so long, that individual or a small group of people cannot make any difference. The hour is late. We need a “Grandest Marshall Plan”. We need to transform Pakistan overnight. We need a tsunami of reforms and real changes on ground. Fast. And it can only be done at the government scale. And it can only be done if the educated demand it from their elected leaders and government.

    The educated broke it, they will have to fix it.

    There is nothing Pakistanis cannot do. There is no good that Pakistanis do not understand. There is no equity they cannot see. There is no justice they cannot feel.

    Year after year, decade after decade and soon century after century, how long should be long enough?

    I have the audacity of hope, with fierce urgency of now.

  3. Aisha Iqbal says:

    There is definitely a need for Child Labor Laws in Pakistan, it is way overdue.

    But let me get this straight; the girl’s family will be paid for their loss?
    Where is their responsibility for selling their daughter into slavery? Where is their responsibility for not doing something about the abuse that had been taking place for the 7 months preceding her death? Was her father working too or not?
    I have seen and heard too many stories of fathers sitting around not doing much of anything while they force their “very young” children away from home to work and support their parents and siblings. Some parents sending their young children abroad all alone to be at the mercy of a “trusted” friend. Children are not cattle to be bought, sold, and/or traded by their parents. They are truly gifts from Allah and we should feel privileged that as parents we were the ones chosen to care for Allah’s precious gifts.

    To me it seems like a Win situation for the girls parents from their prospective, unless they too are held accountable and receive no money for their participation in her death for their neglect. The Rs500,000 is more than the young girl would have earned over the next 41.6 years at the rate of Rs1000 monthly. The girls father must be delighted at his new windfall, besides all it cost him was a daughter!

    “Statistics show that 70 per cent or more female domestic servants suffer abuse in some form.” Yet, that hasn’t deterred parents from “FORCING” their young children to work as domestic servants!

    If the girl’s father is awarded like this even though he put his daughter in that situation and he ignored the abuse for 7 months, what message does this send to parents?

    I am utterly appalled by the treatment of children in Pakistan by their own parents and the gov’ts lack of concern to let this problem continue to go on.

  4. Imran says:

    There is no justice in Pakistan
    Shame for this Muslim nation
    Corruption has crept into the courts
    no sou moto actions
    No bells

    Haath per Haath derha bathaain haain muntazar i farda haain