KARACHI – The rape of a seven-year old poor girl in the camps of the flood affected people, set up at the Super Highway, has once again exposed the brutality and callousness of our social system, while the helpless father of the victim demands unprecedented punishment for the criminals.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here on Saturday, Muhammad Idrees Soomro, the father of the victim Arifa, 7, said that his daughter was kidnapped from her residential camp area by Amir Shah on February 2, 2013, and subjected to gang rape.
The unfortunate father, with tearing eyes, said that the self-generated Panchayat of the camps was trying to save Amir Shah from any legal action but fortunately some social workers, living in Gulshan-e-Maymar, a residential locality situated at the Super Highway, bring the issue to Gulshan-e-Maymar Police Station where the case was registered.
It is pertinent to mention here that Idrees Soomro is a labourer who works on daily basis to earn bread and butter. He has six children. During the press conference, he was with his whole family, including the victim. Their faces were depicting the picture of deep sorrow and sadness, and raising question about the justice to the dead social system of the country where annually hundreds of women and minors have become the victims of gang rape. The disgusting thing is that various cases go unchecked in the country which is really a matter of concern for social institutions of the country. As per Awaz Foundation Centre for Development, a total of 2,713 cases of violence against women have been reported in 15 districts of southern Punjab during last year.
He said, “The minor girl was brutally raped. After the incident, some people living in the camps took the girl to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where she was admitted for three days following her bad state of health. Two medicolegal officers of JPMC, including Dr Halima and Dr Erum have reported the medial examination confirmed that the girl had been gang-raped.”
Soomro demanded the higher authorities to provide justice to her minor girl and his family, and direct the police authorities to arrest the culprits.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Assembly here the other day recommended the Sindh government to give compensation to the martyrs of Karsaz bomb blast by allotting them land/flats and aid in grant, who lost their lives in the incident during the arrival of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007 in Karachi.
Sindh Assembly adopted a resolution of ruling PPP’s MPA Mujadid Isran unanimously, which reads as: “This House resolves and recommends the provincial government to compensate the families of the martyrs particularly of ‘Shaheeds’ of Karsaz blast by way of grant in aid or allotment of land or government flats”.
The house also passed another resolution unanimously moved by the provincial minister for culture Sassui Palijo, which reads as: “This house pays tribute to literary, linguistic, well-known legal expert Sirajul Haq Memon, who was one of the contemporary historians of Sindh. His name will stand as pioneer leading lights in literature. No doubts, his contributions will remember as beacon and brilliance in the history.”