by Aijaz Sindhi, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
There was news about burying 5 women from Baluchistan quite a few months ago who were still alive in the they were first beaten by 17 tribesmen, and then hit by the speeding tractor with the blade in front. As if it were not enough, the shattered skulls women were then dragged by the tractor blade into a ditch, and buried alive.
Then there was news about barbarically throwing a woman in front of vicious dogs, they mauled her, and chewed her while the barbaric spectators mercilessly watched the horrified woman running helplessly fighting for her life, and dying. All this happened in the name of honor. All of the victims were accused of being “karis“.
Atrocities to women in Pakistan are not a new thing. What the most disturbing is the fact that all those barbaric
incidents against women are taking place under the watch of the so called champion of democracy and human rights, the PPP. Ironically, that was not enough, but all of those ugly incidents took place in the provinces that are
run by none other than the PPP Jialas, the Sindh and Baluchistan.
Any act of violence against the women gone unpunished deepens the ugly scar on the face of the ruling junta.
Thanks to Iftikhar Chaudhry, who has taken the suomoto action to the burial of 5 women alive in Baluchistan? This is the province that complains the most of human rights violations. I wonder if the Baloch human rights groups found this to be the violation of the human rights as well. I even wonder if the so called U.S. based Pakistani human rights activists even noticed these atrocities against women in Sindh and Baluchistan.
I am deeply in pain. Ever since I watched this appalling video on BBC/Urdu.Com. I am restless. Does this fall under the human rights violation as well? Are there any American based Pakistani human rights activists, who feel the pain in their heart by every flog that landed on the back of this poor underage girl? Did those screams poke a spike into anybody’s soul?
My heart throbbed with each of the strokes of the flog: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 –
7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 – 19 – 20 – 21-22 – 23-
24 – 25 – 26 – 27 – 28 – 29 – 30 – 31 – 32 – 33 – 34… Is this the Islam?
Would anybody issue decree of 100 lashes against those mullahs for publicly raping the humanity?
Maybe this girl is not a Sindhi, Punjabi, Mohair, Baloch, or Pathhan. Maybe she is a faceless feminine gender caught by some barbarians at a wrong time and at
the wrong place. I am shocked and disgusted at the denial by the so called iron fist government of Pakistan that this incident ever took place in Swat. I am sure, most of you have already watched this video. Have it one more time.
This act of naked barbarism is no match to the pain those poor women in Sindh and Balochistan endured before meeting their Maker. There are no words to describe the agony of suffering from the blows by the tractor blade, or being mauled and chewed by the vicious dogs. It’s the human tragedy.
Call it Islam, or call it honor. A woman in Pakistan has no refuge. If she is spared by the barbaric Islamists in the tribal areas, she better be sure that the honor dogs of Baluchistan and Sindh will get her.
Women have been tortured, killed, maimed, raped, and burned all along in every government and in every times. However, we can no longer accuse the past governments, or the Musharraf regime, for that matter, for the ills of the
country and society. The most powerful man in the PPP is at the helm of the government. We thought the change will come after the PPP takes over the country. Indeed, the
change did come. But, it came for the worst.