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.
— Sikander Asif (@SikanderAsif11) August 19, 2019
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.
What the hell has happened to humanity??
No amount of severity in the punishment will be enough to those accused.They deserve something far more cruel and worse than death. They are moron's screw them very hard.#JusticeForRehan pic.twitter.com/Dts2o4ByMg
— Faisal (@FaisalViewss) August 19, 2019
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
Oh my God my heart. How could they do that?? How could they kill a boy? Torture him? How did not a single person stop it!!!! We have become so bloody desensitized we freaking record videos calmly while someone is beaten to death!!! #JusticeForRehan
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) August 19, 2019
You don’t kill people especially kids cuz you think they are “Chor”, even if he was a “Chor” you are not a Judge Jury and executioner! NO Law in the world gives you that right to kill someone upon suspicion!!!! #justiceforRehan pic.twitter.com/pBEAIKd48f
— Chal Vekhsan (@chal_vekhsan) August 19, 2019
Intolerance has hit a new height in our country where monsters can kill kid for alleged steeling.
Most sad part kid aspired to change his fate he was wearing shirt saying "My time will come" #justiceforRehan
— Sikander Asif (@SikanderAsif11) August 19, 2019
In fact, the demand for justice had become the biggest trend on Twitter by the time this post was published
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.
Agr Sialkot k in Do bachoun ko insaf Mila hota to ajj is bachay k sath assa na hota.. Imran khan agr is bachay ko insaf na milay to na suraf dunya balkay akhrat main b is ki saza k Liya Tayar Rehna q k hiqam-e-waqat is waqat tum ho. #JusticeFor15yearsOldBoy #JusticeForRehan pic.twitter.com/e7euYos4FG
— سلطان راہی (@SyedAJeoffery) August 18, 2019
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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