Murgha Position: Crime and Punishment During Phet

Posted on June 9, 2010
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This is, what is called the “Murgha position” in Pakistan.A way to punish someone – often young students in school – for minor infractions. But this particular story of crime and punishment in Pakistan is slightly more novel.

In anticipation of cyclone Phet, the government barred people from going into the Arabian Sea. One daredevil rickshaw wallah paid no heed to this warning and decided to use the unusually quiet beach and
boisterous waves to wash his rickshaw.

But his crime did not go unnoticed by the vigilant Pakistan police. The offender was caught and duly punished albeit in a rather creative way. But I guess there really aren’t any laws on the books about punishments for rickshaw washing in the sea when a cyclone approacheth!

This picture has been doing rounds on the internet and I don’t have a way to validate its authenticity or timing. But it does give us some food for thought. And since yesterday, I have been thinking whether to be appalled, amused or appreciative of the vigiliance and creativity of this police officer!

What do you think?

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22 responses to “Murgha Position: Crime and Punishment During Phet”

  1. AMBER says:

    I WANT TO SAY THAT SUCH KIND OF PCITURES AND MOVIES SHOULD BE REVIEWED , AS NUD OR CLOHTED PUNISHMENTS OF POLICE OR PERSONAL BECUSE SUCH PICTURES AND MOVIES, ARE SEEN BY CHILDRENS AND GIRLS AND EVEN WITH HIMSELF WHOSE PICTURE IT IS, IF GIRLS AND CHILDREN WILL SEEN THEY WOULD HAVE SOME IMPACTS ON THEIR MINDS, SUCH AS GIRLS START TO DEGRADE THEIR MAN OR THEY BECAME BOLD, I HAVE ALSO PSYCHOLGY TOUCH . IF CHILDREN WILL SEE THEY MAY ALSO LOSS THEIR CONFIDENCE AND WHOSE PICTURE IT IS HE/SHE WILL SEE WILL HURT

  2. ShahidnUSA says:

    Very bad!
    I dont think this perverted, self ego satisfying punishment fits the crime.

    Is Pakistan trying to compete with the Egyptian Torture cells?

    I say no liqour shops allowed if there is no rehab centers.
    Only fines if there is no car wash joints.

    I am sure there are many good thing happens in pakistan. I just got back from New York after attending a pakistani wedding went for four days and it was a blast which many westerners would envy.

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