What we skip over: Just another rape case in Pakistan

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A little girl’s body was recovered in Pakistan today — and almost nobody noticed.

The story was not filed, as far as I could see, but a few photographs came through.

There were two photographs of the victim, probably aged 10-14. The photos must have been obtained from the girl’s family, who shared them with the media in hopes of having their story heard. The photos are recent, given the time stamp on them:

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Then there is the image of the girl’s body – recovered, bearing marks of extreme torture and cruelty. It is an obscene image, but a necessary one I feel (and so did the photographer).

Sadly, it only captures a small part of the horror that must have been the child’s last hours, last minutes. I have uploaded it without blurring because the girl that once lived is no longer identifiable.

Warning: Must be over 18 to click and see this image. Depicts a dead body/graphic violence.

There is also a photo of her mother, begging the state for justice.

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And last, there is a photo of SP (Investigation) Tanveer Hussain Tunio – the man who will presumably ensure the criminal(s) are apprehended.

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Just another Sunday in Pakistan. The story is definitely not on TV. If it ever does appear on TV, it will be wrapped in many comforting layers of dramatization and music to prevent the news from appearing ‘too real’.

I doubt this story will make the papers.  If it does, it will probably be a single column or a brief. Its a ‘done-to-death’ topic, too gory, too titillating, too scandalous, too shameful, too grim, too violent, too sensitive, too taboo, too anti-Pakistan etc.

I have no compelling words to round this off; I think the photos and the (lack of) media interest says enough — not just about the media, but our society as a whole.

Thanks to Photographer Hussain Ahmed who made an effort to file something on this.

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3 thoughts on “What we skip over: Just another rape case in Pakistan

    Talat Haque said:
    October 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    No, we can’t give up the fight

    Sara Muzzammil said:
    October 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I couldn’t bring myself to click the image. I feel so helpless.

    Sima Siraat said:
    May 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I really do not think that Mr. Tanveer Tunio or any other Police officer will bring the criminals to justice unless they are pushed. Otherwise, our society is awash with such stories and elite Police officers are least concerned as if it is not their job.

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