Karachi: 3 children raped this week
KARACHI: It is eight o’clock on Sunday evening at the Scout Colony of Mubina Town and two girls — Faiza and Lodhia, both five years of age — walk hand in hand up to the neighbourhood’s marketplace. Painstakingly, the girls select candies and cookies from a shop owned by Lodhia’s father and Faiza’s cousin, Nisar Ahmed, and set off for home. Somewhere along the 10-minute walk back, there is a power failure and only Lodhia returns home, while Faiza goes missing.
As the clock strikes nine, the family, who for the last 20 years has lived in a rented two-storey house in the area, realises that the girl is missing. The search begins and no stone is left unturned to find Faiza. The narrow winding lanes of the area are searched and announcements made in local mosques.
The family also approaches the Mubina Town police station, but is disappointed by the response. “The police say ‘you Pathans keep losing your children. She will come back, don’t worry’,” says a disgruntled Nisar Ahmed.
A day later, the tortured and raped body of a little girl is found in bushes in Gulzar-e-Hijri. Women said this was the fifth such case in the area. “Little girls have disappeared before. They were also raped and tortured, but returned alive. Faiza was found dead,” said the victim’s maternal aunt.
Grief and fear both linger in the area and it is the children who are the most affected. A two-and-a-half-foot tall Lodhia stuffs her face with chips and walks by her father’s side.
“Our children are scared. They refuse to go to school or play or return to routine life. At this age if I teach my daughter the ABC or counting, she will learn it, but if I show her another tortured dead body or two, violence is all she will learn,” observed Nisar Ahmed.
He demanded that an investigation be carried out into Faiza’s murder and the criminals punished. “Faiza is gone and she will not come back, but if the crime goes unpunished, another young child could meet the same fate. For the sake of humanity, give us justice.”