Like any developing country, Pakistan has had its fair share of crime. Though statistics may prove otherwise, a new kind of fear wave has now hit Karachi in Pakistan. Several women have been attacked in Pakistan by what is now being known and talked about as the Serial Knife Killer of Karachi. It is not just one woman but several who have either died or have severely been injured by the hands of this serial killer.
Serial Knife Killer and Curfew for Women
This serial killer roams the streets of Karachi on a motorcycle and covers his face conveniently with a helmet. Due to the lack of surveillance on the streets of the city, the killer is at an advantage as he can get away with attacking the women that he targets. So far no progress has been made in the capture of this man who attacks women travelling alone in the late hours of the evenings. The fear in the hearts of the residents is so high that most women refrain from traveling alone after 7pm. Authorities have found that this serial killer has no particular preference in the women that he attacks because he has attacked girls as young as 14 and women as old as 55.
The only consistency that can be found in his attacks is that he attacks the women on either their waists, hips or thighs.
History of Serial Killers in Pakistan
Pakistan has had several serial killers over the course of the last few decades. With little effort made on the officials’ behalf, women and men alike have been living in this country in fear. Mothers say goodbye to their children and husbands without knowing whether they will see them again.
The infamous Chhalawa gang and the Hathora (Urdu for a hammer) group terrorized the residents of Karachi in the 80s and 90s as they killed their victims by smashing their skulls with hammers. In the 90s, there were reports of men who slit the wrists of women outside of a major mall in Karachi simply because these women dressed indecently, according to personal accounts of the victims who survived these attacks. This is referred to as an honor killing in Pakistan. It is such a prevailing issue in this nation that the Punjab Minister Zille Huma and social media starlit Qandeel Baloch were murdered over it.
Development on Efforts to Catch the Serial Knife Killer
So far the only development that the police officials have made on the case of the serial knife attacker is the fact that he uses his left hand for attacking women from behind as he uses his right hand to steer the motorcycle. Another fact to back up this theory is that all of the women who were attacked were attacked on their right side from the behind. He is 5’7 to 5’9 in terms of height and drives a red colored motorcycle.
The victims claim that they felt as though somebody had slapped them on their body only to find out that they were gushing warm blood from their waist down. It all happens too fast for any of the victims to identify the perpetrators.
This particular serial killer case has proven to be a bigger problem for the police department of Karachi as several copycat killers have emerged with their own agendas. The latest victim of a copycat killer was a 28 year old woman who was attacked from the front whereas the real serial knife killer’s modus operandi has been to attack women from the back. This copycat killer has not been caught to date and he is still very much out there just as the real serial knife killer is.
Lack of Psychological Profiles
The reason why it becomes so difficult for a country like Pakistan to catch a serial killer is its lack of people capable of generating psychological profiles for these killers. Serial killers have a history of abuse in their childhood and their behavior growing up can very easily be an indication of what they grow up to be. It is almost predictable.
Dr. Elizabeth Yardley who is the director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University deduces that there are certain reasons that drive people into becoming serial killers. A serial killer is either a power junkie, manipulator, egotistical bragger, superficial charmer, or an average Joe. Kids who suffer through sexual, physical and emotional abuse in their childhood also have a 90 percent chance of becoming serial killers. How many among us walk who are psychopaths but we don’t just identify them due to the lack of our knowledge?
Until this killer and many just like him are caught, women living in Pakistan will always remain in fear. It is up to the authorities to make sure that these killers are caught so that innocent lives remain safe.