These Pakistani celebrities are standing up for Zohra Shah
Incidents, where people with a bit of affluence misuse the power that comes with their ascribed statuses, have become quite common. It’s sad how the people in our society have become negligent of basic human rights and have made this place extremely unsafe for the people who come from unprivileged backgrounds. A similar incident which revolves around the misconduct towards a housekeeper has been making rounds on the social media platforms.
Zohra Shah was an 8-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten to death by her employers because she had let some expensive caged parrots free
According to reports, the incident took place in Bahria Town Rawalpindi. It is being said that the girl was working for the house for a few months and was hired to take care of a baby of the owners. The girl freed some caged parrots of the owners which led to some serious physical abuse and the owners eventually ended up killing her. The body of the girl was left in a hospital, and upon investigation, the owners were arrested. An FIR has been registered and it is being said by the police that this was possibly not the first instance of physical abuse by the family as the girl ‘s body showed marks from previous injuries.
Some Pakistani celebrities have been quite vocal about demanding justice for Zohra Shah
Mahira Khan was one of the first celebrities who highlighted the issue and while commenting on it, she said, ” The demons walk freely among us.”
The demons walk freely among us.. https://t.co/3MJ1twbhyn
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 3, 2020
Osman Khalid Butt was shocked by the inhumane treatment by the owners
Dear God. https://t.co/n3kxFWM8bW
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 2, 2020
Armeena Khan talked about the issue by demanding justice for Zohra Shah
RIP Zohra Shah. #JusticeForZohraShah 💔 pic.twitter.com/V9nrvaDxVR
— Armeena 🦋 (@ArmeenaRK) June 3, 2020
While highlighting similar incidents, Ushna Shah stated that by not questioning such acts and demanding justice our society is shaping the priorities of our nation
She went on to say, ” this makes us collectively suck.”
Those of you who aren’t asking the right questions are shaping the priority of our nation, this makes us collectively suck.
— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) June 1, 2020
Muniba Mazari also posted an image on Instagram in attempt to raise her voice for Zohra Shah
Ali Gul Pir also stood up for the girl and mentioned that there’s a dire need to give basic human rights to all
If a child who was killed because she wanted a bird to be free can’t get justice. Then nothing that you have achieved matters #basicHumanRight #JusticeForZohraShah https://t.co/lELlHsdGbz
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) June 3, 2020
In the light of this Zohra Shah incident, Shaniera Akram pointed out that it is illegal to hire workers younger than 14 years of age
ANYONE who has a person working for them in their house who is under the age of 14, & I don’t care if they are your longtime staff members son or daughter whos living with you, you are breaking the law.If you really want to look after that child then send them to school not work!
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) June 3, 2020
There’s already an FIR in place and the culprits are arrested, a prompt response by our law enforcement agencies definitely needs to be appreciated. It should be ensured that exemplary steps are taken by the relevant authorities to ensure that no such incident is witnessed in the future.
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Cover image: @mahirahkhan via Instagram / incpak.com / @iamshaniera via Instagram