The brutal rape and murder of minor girl Zaynab is the twelfth in series of the un-resolved similar crimes in Kasur. From 2006 onwards over 400 videos were found for sexual crimes against young boys and girls, who were being blackmailed in Kasur. All victims of such crimes came from poor or lower-middle-class families. The system has become immune, and even media forgets about it. Have we forgotten the incident when an 18-year-old girl who dared to report her rape, yet nothing happened, and she herself set ablaze in 2014 after her rapist was set free by investigating officer? How long will we live in denial about sexual molestation that takes place in few of our seminaries? 

Zaynab was missing for almost five days, but police did not pursue the matter nor registered any FIR. Why do MPAs, MNAs and paid senior civil bureaucrats and police officers disappear when victims of such crimes come from poor families? Members of the opposition such as Tahir Qadri only came forward to take political mileage when protest broke following the discovery of the body. The former PM was too busy protesting his disqualification as if this is the most important and only major issue. 

Had institutional reforms been incorporated and quality CCTV monitor system installed instead of poor quality second-grade system, such crimes could have been prevented. If this young girl belonged to an affluent and politically powerful family, all hell would have broken, and in all probability, she would have found. Have we forgotten how Sind and Federal Government moved heaven and earth to come to the rescue of Shahrukh Jatoi, Dr. Asim, Sharjeel Memon, etc. and the mockery they made and the manner in which Islamic Law of Diyat was manipulated to save murderers of Shahzeb who showed no remorse? Remember the fate of Dr. Shazia Khalid, a victim of rape, who had to go into exile to save her life, while her rapist was saved by Musharraf. 

When crime, punishment, and the rule of law become negotiable to be bartered for short-term political gains, then people lose faith in the police, judiciary and system of government and this is the worst that can happen to any country. 

MALIK TARIQ,  

Lahore, January 10.