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Justice for Farishta

Today, I got up in the morning, opened my WhatsApp and saw one of my friend’s status that dragged my soul out of my body. I saw the mutilated body of Farishta who was raped before being killed mercilessly. I was unable to stop my tears. I wonder how anybody in authority would stop him/hers from taking the step against those animals who did this. I ask whoever is reading this, how long we just fight on social media for justice?
Show our waves of anger for just one or two days? How long the authorities will be quiet and do nothing except holding press conferences. News stories of rape are coming on a frequent basis and it’s like beasts are out of their cages and the protectors have become blind. I can bet, the voice of justice for Farishta will be lost after a few days and other news will take its place. I, being just a student could do nothing but I am writing this and expressing my protest. This is like a drop of water carried by a sparrow to distinguish the fire in which a prophet was thrown. I wonder whether those in authority will feel the pain of the victim’s family. It is my request to every girl, every woman, every father, every mother that please do something so that never can any animal feed himself with a poor little soul like Farishta. I did my part now it’s your turn.

Women not safe

Every woman in our country has faced sexual harassment in her life at some time or the other. Hence, it’s time that the government brought laws clearly defining the boundaries of what is permissible and what is not. Shaming others to gain fame and publicity should be discouraged. When courts are there, using the media to settle scores should be discouraged. Time to move on is important. As the Winston Churchill’s saying goes, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Just because Bollywood film actor Nana Patekar is doing social work, the police are not able to arrest him on molestation charges against former Bollywood film actress Tanushree Dutta. Tell me, what social work Nana Patekar is doing? Ask him to do the social work Mother Teresa was doing when she was alive by taking care of the lepers and looking after the abandoned babies who were left on streets to die by their parents. Every person in this work has a dark side too. One should not go on appearances.
Today, women are not at all safe in our country. Money also plays an important role. If you have the money, you will not be arrested if you bribe the police. This is what Nana Patekar and Ganesh Acharya have done to the cops at the Oshiwara Police Station. They have filled Police pockets with money, that is why they have not been arrested and the case is being prolonged.
Mumbai, India

Bad politics and economy

Politics of “Egocentrism” in vogue in this land, coupled with the failure of the state to advance and protect human rights, the tendency of immaculate individuals to withdraw from politics, and the centralization of power in the hands of a few hundred persons, among other odious practices, have landed Pakistan into a very difficult economic situation today.
Parliamentary democracy in this country has meant that the only way to get rich has been through political office, intensifying the problem of corruption and inducing leaders to cling to political power. This has been disastrous for our economy. The manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic, fiscal management and social resources is questionable. The corrupt to the core individuals with power have managed to erode any semblance of accountability, legitimacy, democracy and justice which has been a basis of considerable disappointment and despondency in the society.
Pakistan’s perpetual economic crisis can be overcome, if the State organizations are revamped and their efficiency and capacity is enhanced and ruthless accountability as was promised by the incumbent Prime Minister during his past twenty years political struggle is started. All opportunist politicians and bureaucrats, many of them octopus type, should be shown the doors. The lack of accountability in the society has led to the gross misuse of public resources.
With regard to public office holders, a mechanism must be devised to hold leaders responsible when they use public resources in ways that society considers unacceptable. Above all, the efficiency of the government is to be measured by its ability to meet the needs of its people, not just calling bad names to other politicians.