People Are Demanding Justice After A Young Boy In Karachi Was Brutally Murdered By Men For Allegedly Stealing

By Rameeza Ahmad | 19 Aug, 2019

Another young boy in Karachi was murdered by those taking law into their own hands

Human rights abuses in Pakistan have become so commonplace that our population has become numb to someone robbing another person of their life. Lack of trust and action from the institutions means people taking justice in their own hands and acting out in ways that are often barbaric. Something similar just happened in Karachi.


A teenaged boy in Karachi was murdered by men who caught him allegedly trying to steal from their home

Instead of waiting to hand him over to authorities, they beat him to death and the video of the brutal act has gone viral on social media in Pakistan. For obvious reasons we are not going to be reproducing the video or the images of this poor boy’s mutilated body that have been circulating on social media.


So what really happened?

According to several accounts, two suspects allegedly entered a home in Kokan Society in Karachi to allegedly commit a robbery according to the area’s SHO. One of the suspects was caught even before the allegedly robbery could take place and the owners of the house he is said to have broken into, along with their neighbors, severely beat him up. When the police arrived on the scene, he was breathing his last.

The boy was a teenager named Rehan was identified to be either 16 or 17 years old by medical professionals during his postmortem. He was taken to JPMC in Karachi and according to the hospital was brought in already dead. His postmortem revealed that Rehan had sustained multiple injuries on his head and face caused by sticks and even bats.

Since the news of his death came out, social media has been rife with outrage. The hashtag#JusticeForRehan has been trending and people are naming and shaming the two men who were allegedly behind the death of the child. And people are imploring the Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari and even Prime Minister Imran Khan to take notice of Rehan’s horrific death and get justice for him.


Obviously, Pakistanis are angry at this act of vigilante justice and are demanding justice for the murdered child


In fact, the demand for justice had become the biggest trend on Twitter by the time this post was published

rehan justice trend
Via: Twitter


This is not the first time the case of a young child being killed or severely beaten up has come to light

Just at the beginning of this year we witnessed the inhumane death of Uzma, a 15 year old girl who was subjected to senseless beatings and ultimately killed by those who ’employed’ her for allegedly taking a bite out of the food in their daughter’s plate. Or the incident of two brothers being beaten up by a mob in Sialkot. These are just a couple of the many, many inciddents that have recently come to light about the act of vigilante justice and authorities need to take serious note of the why this is happening instead of just locking up the perpetrators just to appease the angry awaam.

The pattern of treating people who belong to lower socio-economic backgrounds or taking the “law into one’s own hands” is not new within Pakistan. We know the rich and powerful rarely ever get punished for their crimes. Even crimes as grave as murder often goes unpunished and the deaths after a few days or weeks at most become forgotten from the public’s collective consciousness as we move on to a new tragedy.

What do you think should happen to the men who murdered young Rehan? Let us know in the comments below.


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