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2016-04-26 04:53:38

In stone age : Laws become a laughing stock in Pakistan

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An influential landlord made four villagers, including a woman, to
walk on boiled oil following allegations of theft in Chak 153-P,
around 34 kms from Rahim Yar Khan. As per reports, some jewellery and
money were stolen from the house of landlord Mohsin a few days back.
The landlord suspected that four villagers Sadia were involved in the
theft, reports Dawn. The landlord summoned the four at his residence
on the advice of fake faith healer Shaukat and forced them to prove
their innocence by walking on boiled oil. He told the scared
villagers that those whose feet were found burnt would have to return
the stolen jewellery and cash. The elders of the villagers informed
the police, who raided Mohsin’s house. The landlord managed to escape
along with the faith healer and accomplices. Unfortunately, such
medieval practices are not unknown in the country. Practices such as
aas aaf, a brutal form of punishment where the person is forced to
walk on burning coal or hot oil, are not unknown in Sindh and
Balochistan, and are carried out to determine the guilt or innocence
of the accused. The kind of injury, trauma and mental torture that
result can only be imagined. Feudal structures — and attitudes —
remain ingrained in society. Averse to reforms, those who perpetrate
these are too powerful to counter — even by law-enforcement officials
who are often at the beck and call of the local influentials. Given
that many of those who are products of a culture that believes in
regressive practices such as karo kari, swara and vani are elected to
the assemblies, it is not surprising that parallel justice systems,
such as jirgas, continue to thrive and deliver arbitrary ‘verdicts’.
Indeed, no government has prioritised easy access to state
institutions of justice or genuinely tried to raise awareness among
the people about their rights in modern society. A clear message by
the state is needed.Legal instruments to outlaw barbaric acts must be
implemented. If the police do their job to make arrests at the right
time, it will send a strong signal that impunity will not be tolerated
— even at the expense of traditional practices.
pk.shafaqna.com

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