My mind has been in a constant state of turmoil ever since I heard about the rape of a 5 year old child in Lahore. I know that this is not the first or only instance of such a heinous crime in our society, but it’s the first time such a case is getting so much media coverage nationally. I will not delve into how the media is presenting this news, however, what’s important is that we need to raise our voice against such barbaric acts.
There are a host of child protection organizations working in Pakistan. What are they doing to rally against such atrocious acts? These organizations are around to create awareness about such issues and to offer support and rehabilitation to the victims. Since these organizations are not affiliated with the government, they can act as independent forces to put pressure on government institutions when they see that the latter are not taking requisite measures to impart swift justice. We see child protection acts being passed in our assemblies, but what is actually being done when such acts are violated? This is a question pointed not just at the government but at the non-profit organizations as well. What support can they offer the common man in getting due justice?
Why is it important for such organizations to back the common man? Because unfortunately our own law enforcement institutions and judicial system is riddled with corruption and loopholes that further victimize the victim. Imagine being subjected to such violence and then being forced to live without being given justice.
Coming back to the government itself; my question is, what quality of life are you offering the common man when it’s so easy for criminals to skirt the law? As if the trauma for the victim wasn’t devastating enough, having to further live with the knowledge that the perpetrators of the crime committed against you are roaming free is bound to rob you of your sanity.
This brings me to the concept of a failed state. In basic terms, a failed state is one which fails at any of the following:
- loss of control of its territory
- erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions
- an inability to provide public services
- an inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community
It’s up to you to know what Pakistan has failed at in the above list. For your information, Pakistan currently ranks number 13 on the Failed States List.