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The entire nation was outraged at the rape and murder of little Zainab who was discovered dead in a pile of trash after being raped and tortured. All the politicians that are currently holding positions of power in various departments of the government including the leaders of all the opposition parties not only condemned the rape and murder of the child but also swore to catch the rapist and punish him with the most severe sentence.
However, despite the fact that the tragedy of Zainab ignited widespread protests across the country and became a conflict on a national level, the state machinery has failed to not only punish the culprit but has not even managed to find him in the first place.
Zainab along with endless other victims that have been brutally murdered and raped float around the country as reminders of our cruelty, indifference and incapacity to heal our broken state and protect our children
Incidents such as the rape and murder of Zainab and the subsequent unrest that resulted from the tragedy is the perfect example of how a collective agitation is always caused by major setbacks and dysfunctionalities on the part of the law enforcement as twelve other child rape and murder cases had preceded this incident.
Moreover, it is important to remember that the infamous child abuse scandal that exposed the cruel reality of hundreds of children who were being sexually assaulted and being used for child pornography also did not give the state enough of a jolt to repeal outdated legislation or introduce both preventative and counter measures to avoid or at least curb these heinous crimes.
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This lack of concern and blatant refusal on the part of the state to purge it of these residual evils and barbarism should not merely be condemned but should not be tolerated at any level by the population that continues to endure the injustices of the system at every level.
Political intrigues and Nawaz Sharif’s accumulative wealth? Does Zainab, who was a blood red symbol of the injustice and depths to which we have sunk, matter now that the media channels and hashtags have found a new topic of conflict?
It is also extremely important to note that the mere passing of new legislation as a knee-jerk reaction to an outrageous crime is not a long-term solution. Therefore the various bills that were passed for the protection and in the case of the crime the rehabilitation of the victims of child sex abuse had no long-term strategies of implementation resulting in their complete failure to either prevent or counter such atrocities.
Two weeks after the tragedy of Zainab became a national lamentation as it brought the dismal state of our country and law enforcement to the forefront, the fact that there has been no arrest of possible suspects, no compensation to the families of any of the victims along with no speculations on how we can rid our society of this vice and crime against humanity, is not shameful but simply incomprehensible.
Zainab along with endless other victims that have been brutally murdered and raped float around the country as reminders of our cruelty, indifference and incapacity to heal our broken state and protect our children. Where is the outrage now that the fire of the media is once again being fueled by political intrigues and Nawaz Sharif’s accumulative wealth? Does Zainab, who was a blood red symbol of the injustice and depths to which we have sunk, matter now that the media channels and hashtags have found a new topic of conflict?