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The rape of Daewoo’s road hostess in Sialkot was a shocking incident. More shocking it became to me, when I got to know that the poor girl had two Daewoo staff members with her in the car from which she was abducted. An armed guard and a driver, both of the “cowards” did not bother raising a single voice for the girl who was taken away to be ruthlessly raped all night and thrown in a street of Sialkot.

I read this amazing letter to editor in the news today, it mentions three incidents which deserve our attention.

A few months ago, this unsung hero of Pakistan, Pervez Masih who worked as a janitor at International Islamic University saved the lives of hundreds of girl students in the cafeteria where a God-forsaken suicide bomber was trying to enter. I met his family, a friend of mine, Maham Ali with some “awaken” members of the civil society of Islamabad worked hard to raise funds for this unsung hero, whose bravery went un-noticed, maybe because he was not wearing a uniform and was a Christian “Safae karnay wala” ?

After interacting with his mother and his wife, I came to know Masih was a normal man. A normal “common-man” of Pakistan who had extra ordinary courage to stand up and give his life for his Pakistani sisters. I call him normal because this is what “normality” teaches us, abnormality was witnessed in Sialkot when Daewoo’s sissy staff did not do anything to avert a rape-attempt.

The writer of the above cited article also mentions a shameful incident in the history of Pakistan, when a blind girl was raped in Sahiwal. He writes:

Since Ziaul Haq’s Islamisation and its discriminatory laws against women, violence against women in all its forms has been on the increase. The absurdity of these laws can be gauged from the harrowing case of a blind girl from Sahiwal in the 1980s. She had been gang-raped. But as she could not produce four pious witnesses, nor identify the rapists, she was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

It is not difficult to teach us Pakistanis “normality” – for we know what needs to be done and where are we going wrong. But our apathy, ignorance and lethargy has brought us here after 62 years.

Quaid would be turning in his grave if he got to know his “Pakistanis” were letting women schools burn, letting women treated inhumanely and killing innocents in the name of God, exactly what he warned us against in his address at Constituent Assembly “Pakistan is not to be a theocratic state, ruled by some priests to accomplish their divine mission” and some odd cases like the Hero of IIU blast, Pervez Masih, were going un-noticed.

family of Masih

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