An air of fear prevails in city as a serial slasher has been on a stabbing spree in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and adjoining areas over the past week. A serial slasher has been on a stabbing spree in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and adjoining areas over the past week. On Wednesday, the official toll of survivors had reached 11. Unofficial accounts suggest that the number of survivors has crossed 20.
Police insist that the lone attacker is a ‘psychopath’. He travels on a motorcycle wearing a helmet and exclusively targets women. Earlier reports suggested that he was attacking women, irrespective of age or family backgrounds, in the gluteal region. However, one survivor later shared that that the ‘psychopath’ aimed at her chest during the attack.
A number of complaints were registered at different police stations while a Rs0.5-million reward was announced for any information that might lead to the attacker, a private television channel quoted a report by Minerwa Tahir as saying Tuesday.
Similar to the Karachi attacks, a series of similar knife attacks were reported between 2013 and 2016 in Punjab’s Sahiwal district. “Almost 40 women were attacked in Chichawatni by a man on a motorbike using a sharp paper cutter,” says DIG East Sultan Khowaja. Waseem, the alleged attacker from Punjab, was released on bail last year. He has been declared an absconder and is wanted for the attacks.
“His goal is to create fear and unrest,” the DIG adds.
Meanwhile, Waseem has been missing from his village, 86/6-R, for the last five months, according to his family. After reports of similar attacks on women in Karachi, law-enforcers grilled the father and brother of Waseem and learned the youth had left home for Lahore or Gujranwala for work five months ago. He remains at large.
Police officials have now admitted their failure in arresting the culprit. As a result, women are not just perturbed – they are also expressing outrage at the absurdity of the situation. The failure of our law enforcement agencies in arresting the culprit has left women dismayed and angry.
According to classical dancer and feminist activist Sheema Kermani, women are always the lowest on the list of priorities.
“And then those women who are out on the road, using public space and public transport are even lower in priority,” she lamented. “Our state and our governments pay no heed to their security or their lives. This is most unfortunate and this must change – women are more than half of the population. Their lives must be made secure.”
Kermani said that the current scenario “not only give[s] us frustration but make[s] us unhappy, angry, resentful and often lead to severe depression!”