Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Sialkot Tragedy
It was of course disturbing to see it. But it caused a positive wave of resistance. People started protesting in Lahore and all over Pakistan.
The law and order situation in Pakistan is incredibly bad. Robberies, street crime and snatching have increased. Getting an FIR registered is difficult, dangerous and often useless. Therefore in cities like Gujrawala and Sialkot, the very corrupt Police of Pakistan now encourages people to attack these people and kill. Many times putting their corpses for display or burning them.
I remember a few weeks back, I spoke against it and my uncle from Gujrawala said that these people should be treated worse then this. " These criminals need to learn their lesson." he said. A very brilliant friend of mine had a support in favour of the killings, saying the boys were murderers and this street justice is people power.
She eventually declared that we people don't know what it feels like to be pointed a gun at like it happened to her.
You see, the thought that criminals are invincible until taught a lesson by the common man is deeply ingrained. The issue is that many times, these criminals are murdered by police, or allowed a public execution without a trial. This of course is illegal, challenging the writ of the Government and dangerous. Men in uniform decide who is to die and when, without much proof and trail. People don't care because the dead are suspected criminals.
Come to think of it, a society where anyone can be declared a criminal and persecuted on the streets is safe? Remember how some jirgas order public rape and murder, like they did in Mukhtaran Mai's case. Do we want this happening in our society?
Here is a piece I wrote today on the issue:
Why didn't you do something?
at 2:59 PM