In this day of age, when we switch on our televisions sets to hear the numerous channels blaring out the “truth” to us, we think they are our saviours, they are voicing our oppressed emotions and the concerns of the common people, speaking on behalf of those who were never herd, who were never thought to be significant. We think we have finally found someone to hear us, to feel our pains and sufferings but the truth is quite the opposite.
First thing in the morning today, as I held tight to my first cup of coffee, still struggling to fully wake up I switched on to Facebook, What met my eyes was so shocking that i was not only wide awake but also disgusted and furious, it was Huma’s email shared on Facebook by Amar Sindhu :
“ Rape for Religion/ JUSTICE FOR SAHAR BATOOL.
First time I am writing in this forum to bring your attention towards a covered incident.
I am women/human rights activist
In our region it is very common news like acid throwing, domestic violence, sexual harassment and target killings etc. you all may heard many news from various different corners about child rape.
The purpose of incident I am sharing is about 6 years old Sahar ,who belongs from shia hazara community ,father was peon in army ,they reside in FC colony quetta, few day before when parents found her missing from home, soon they inform police, after investigation her dead body was dumped near a trash, and her neighbor a clergy (mullah)pesh imam of some mosque confessed that he did all with sahar due to hatred against shias , first he raped ,broke her limbs,hanged her with rope thn slaughtered.
Dead body found from a trash just a yard few feet away from mullahs house.
The apathy of civil society and human rights can also be seen in this case, maybe because the victim family is very poor and can not approach anyone or they belong from shia/hazara community.whats the sin of Sahar Batool???after rape of kafirs the clergy will be in heaven with 72 hoors ??
In this scenario the crime counts for child abuse or sectarian violence ?and its quite tragic even its not in the news
The efforts should be taken by media and judiciary group to bring the perpetrators in conviction.
(an email by Huma Fouladi) ”
As much as i want to believe that the media today is free and voices the concerns of the common people, in reality each day i come face to face to the reality of he commercial craving of these news channels resulting in an ever increasing insensitive quest to achieve the highest ratings in the market. They won’t refrain to shove the microphones in the half agape mouths of moaning bomb blast injured, pretending to share their pain but in reality hoping the victim soon dies so they can serve the chunk of this video as the victim’s last words as an exclusive on their particular channel. They will try their best and even advertise it shamelessly that they were the the first to break the tragic news and were also the first air gruesome videos of massive distraction to unexacting audience, wrecking the nerves of the viewer to a point that they go numb, so numb that they won’t feel or realise the bigger picture, the depth of the pain that is caused to the others, they will think its the a usual daily life routine and they will be least bothered the next time something similar happens around them.
But what happens to the real news which is buried under the rubble of all there sensational imagery, footages and brainless political talks ? the news which is actually effecting us, common humans, day in day out, the news which point fingers towards the crippled system of the society, the news of one minority or the other being pushed to the edge, actually over the edge every other day, the news of the numerous rapes and sexual crimes, murders, go medical neglect, cased of brutal child abuse, they all go unreported, undeclared on a daily bases, at the most making it to the news ticker running unnoticed for a few seconds at the bottom of the scream before vanishing forever.
So the message to the public is clear that if such a crime is reported, neither the state will give them justice nor the ever active blaring news channels will head their pledge. After all in the end the victim is the common, the people who are the majority, who are the real people of this state, but who have little or no say in the affairs of the state, they are the ones who are unheard of, unseen and the unknown.