Alisha and her mother were brutally gang raped in Kashmore for days
The illusion that Pakistan does not actively hate its women and children keeps shattering everyday. While micro-aggressions are an everyday occurrence, heinous crimes are being reported with more regularity. Recently, yet another incident has come to light regarding extreme sexual violence toward a child and her mother in Sindh.
4 year old Alisha and her mother were abducted, tortured and gang raped for several days in Kashmore, Sindh
It is reported that the woman was lured by the rapists with promises of being offered a job and then abducted alongside her daughter. The young girl is reported to be in the hospital and in a critical condition.
A woman was called for a job interview in Kashmore. When she reached for the interview with her four year old daughter they got abducted and both were gang raped for at least 3 days and were then sold to someone. We demand a legislation to Hang Rapists publicly#سانحہ_کشمور pic.twitter.com/pzM6lQ7M03
— Faraz Malik (@i_Faraz_Malik) November 12, 2020
Soon after the incident was reported, a video began circulating on social media where a little girl, alleged to be Alisha, was telling a woman about what happened, while sitting with a few police officers.
Of course, Pakistanis are expressing their usual spectrum of emotions, from grief to shock, over the brutality experienced by Alisha and her mother in Kashmore
just saw a clip of the child trying to tell her mother what happenedto her and her mother screaming…actually shaking. Pedophiles and rapists deserve the most painful death. #سانحہ_کشمور
— 🥀 (@aw99ws) November 12, 2020
What tight dress did this girl wear? What make-up did she wear? Her hair was loose. She was without a scarf. There is no dress here. There is no clothing here. You people have a bad mentality. You are not human beings, you are animals, but you are worse than animals#سانحہ_کشمور
— Saif Ali Bhatti (@SaifBhatti_MSM) November 11, 2020
Many are going back to their usual barbaric demand for “public hanging” over the case of Alisha and her mother in Kashmore
It has been widely believed by experts, psychologists and researchers that more than public hangings, the actual deterrent would be making sure that convictions actually happen in such cases. The usual practice in Pakistan is that thousands of such cases happen without fear of retribution because criminals know that apart from outrage over a few reported cases, nothing really is going to happen in terms of actual legal proceedings.
arrest and hang the bastards immediately #Kashmore
— HareemAfzaal (@HareemAfzaal) November 12, 2020
— Zeeshan Yaseen Junejo (@ZeeYaseenJunejo) November 12, 2020
People are also applauding the Assistant Sub-Inspector Muhammad Bakhsh who is reported to have caught the criminals using his own daughter as bait
They are stunned at the claims that ASI Bakhsh put his own child’s life on the line in order to rescue the survivors of the incident.
Salute to ASI Muhammad Bakhsh who used his own daughter to call these criminals as a trap and get hold of whole gang.
— Khurram Sheikh (@khurramfakhar) November 12, 2020
Pakistanis are pleading the Prime Minister to ensure we don’t have to see more cases like Alisha and her mother in Kashmore
— جَنت خاتون (@Jnt_kht) November 12, 2020
So many are sharing how they’ve lost hope in the justice system of this country, yet again, after seeing this case
i have honestly lost all hope. we have clearly hit rock-bottom this year. pakistan is no country for womxn/children/minorities. yahan zulm pe zulm ho raha hai par abhi bhi logo ko 'feminazis' ko gaaliyan deni hain. hadh hai. #Kashmore
— Zoya Rehman (@pind_wave) November 12, 2020
Don't know for how long these tags will trend to awake justice system…
— Ayesha Malik (@Ayeshaaama) November 11, 2020
Others are lamenting the state of affairs where nothing changes for the common man in purana or naya Pakistan
Are there any ethics, code of conduct, morals left in Pakistan?
Police issued a photo of the Faisal Bank culprit and blurred his face.
On the other hand the video of the victims of #سانحہ_کشمور were released. This is utterly shameful, disgusting and depressing.#سانحہ_کشمور
— Dr. Uzma Qudrat (@QudratUzma) November 12, 2020
I think this issue will never solve . So better to think about buried your daughters alive when they born . So at least you save from this pain . Don’t try to become Muslim first try to be human . Please leave All these political gatherings and do dharna for this . #سانحہ_کشمور
— zara abeer (@ArmenaGull) November 12, 2020
According to the spokesman Sindh Government, Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui, the main culprit has already been arrested
— Kinza Aly (@KinzaAly) November 12, 2020
It’s just been a little over a month since the last time Pakistanis outraged over the rape of a young child. It’s also been a little over two months since the brutal “Motorway rape incident” which revealed the disgusting mentality that senior officials in the very forces that are supposed to protect people, have toward women. Outrage by Pakistanis, demand for justice and social media trends now appear to be a common occurrence with little to no action to conclusively resolve the lack of convictions in such cases by the authorities in charge.
Cases of rape and sexual violence aren’t increasing. They’re just being reported more in the media. Several hundreds, if not thousands of cases, go unreported everyday because the justice system does not help provide a safe space for women and children to get justice.
All this begs one question, do we really, honestly, still believe Pakistan is a safe place for its women and children?
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