When we look at our children, we see hope for a future that is yet to come. Regardless of the things we have seen in our lives, we want the future generation to have a safe and sheltered life that is free from all kinds of harm. The only trouble a child should ever have is deciding who toy to play with. But when you come across cases of rape and murder, this time of a 7-year-old, it breaks your faith in humanity. It makes you realize that not everyone out there has the same thoughts and the same heart as you. Where you want to protect the young and innocent, there are people out there in the world who would do unspeakable things to them and destroy them forever for the world.
Pakistan: Increase in Rape and Murder Cases
Pakistan, like India, has seen a spike in rape and murder cases in the recent years. On average, eleven cases of child abuse are reported every day in Pakistan, according to data that was collected by Sahil, an organization that focusses heavily on child protection against sexual abuse of all kind.
Following the massive child abuse case of Kasur in 2014 through 2015 where 12 girls were not only raped but also murdered, this kind of news has started to make the headlines quite often. The latest case was that of 7-year old Zainab Ansari in Kasur. We had hoped that the nation had seen the last of such a heartbreaking tragedy at least for a while, but we were wrong.
Mubashira Could Have Been Your Daughter Too
Another case of rape and murder has made the news in recent days and once more, it is a 7-year old girl. Mubashira, who lived in Jaranwala which is in Faisalabad of Pakistan was an innocent soul who had barely seen the world. The nation mourns her loss as yet another monster who raped and killed a poor child walks the streets freely.
Mubashira was a second-grade student. She went missing on a Sunday and her body was later discovered in the Islampura area located in Faisalabad. Her body showed signs of rape, torture, and strangulation. Her autopsy report concluded that there were a total of 21 torture marks found on Mubashira’s body. It appeared that after raping the child, the person responsible for such a horrendous act tried to cover up his actions by mutilating Mubashira’s body to make it seem like an animal had attacked her.
What are the Authorities Doing?
Chief of Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, took special notice of this particular case and ordered the Inspector General of Punjab, Mr. Arif Nawaz Khan, to submit a report to the court immediately. The report confirmed that the victim had been raped and tortured before she was strangled to death. Protests are breaking all over the country as the public demands action be taken against the sudden outbreak of pedophiles in the Jaranwala region of Pakistan but to no avail.
No Girl in Pakistan Seems Safe Anymore
A week before the incident took place, a young MA English student of the Government College University of Faisalabad (GCUF), Abida, was discovered in Dijkot city which is also in Faisalabad. She had been missing since March 25th. When her body was discovered and a post-mortem report was generated, it was concluded that she too was raped before she was murdered.
It seems like the cases grow exponentially. When one gets closed, five more appear. Pakistan continues to grow into a highly unsafe environment for women and children alike. What remains is the question of whether or not the authorities care.
Do we Want to Raise Young Girls in This Country?
Tensions are at an all-time high as people are losing faith in the justice system of Pakistan ever bringing the perpetrators of these young girls to answer for their crimes. When you see someone else’s daughter suffer a fate like this, you can’t help but wonder how you would have felt if you were in their shoes. You want to do everything in your power to make sure a man who would commit this crime once, never walks the streets of the world as a free man again.