Lawlessness in the Punjab, A Woman Stoned to Death in Front of Court


By Akhtar Malik :29 May 2014

woman-stoned-to-death-for-honour-outside-lhc-1401229571-2030A 25 years old pregnant woman has been stoned to death by her own family members in Lahore High Court in the presence of police.

This brutal scene is not from tribal area, nor the criminals are TTP terrorists or religious extremists. This tragedy has happened in the heart of Pakistan, Lahore, and in the reign of Shahbaz Shareef, who is portrayed as a hard task master and a Khadim e Aala.

Punjab is a province where Noon league is in the govt over the past many decades. Though law & order is a grave problem everywhere in Pakistan but Punjab is the worst, given the situational dynamics. It is a pity that this aspect has not been given due attention by Noon. This brutal act is not the only event, it is the latest in the series of events that occur so frequently here. Acid throwing, letting the dogs loose on poor victims, kidnapping, murders in the name of honor, and so many other forms of other crimes are a common feature in Punjab. Police has lost its entity as a law enforcing agency and rather safeguards the interests of the powerful. Not a single criminal has been punished in the recent past.

The vicious, rather Satanic cycle in which the poor, helpless and innocent masses have been kept hostage usually takes the following shape:

1. A crime is committed. The victim goes to Police for FIR.
2. The victim is kicked out bu Police and the criminals are honored in the police station.
3. The news is leaked out on media and some TV channel broadcasts the news.
4. Our Khadim e Aala wakes up and takes notice.
5. CM goes to house of victim’s family, shows solidarity, announces some monetary compensation and asks police to arrest the culprits. Senior police officers at the occasion are admonished by CM who keep listening with their heads down. The artificiality of all this drama is clearly visible to a keen eye.
6. The culprits are arrested, given VIP protocol by police and a nominal FIR is registered.
7. The victim family is pressurized by the notable people who have links with govt and with the criminals alike.
8. In most of the cases a compromise between the victim family and the criminals takes place before the case goes to the court. The criminals are set free to commit fresh crimes.
9. If at all the case goes to court the lengthy and expensive legal procedures, insecurity of the witnesses, coupled with constant threats from powerful criminals, sooner or later compel the victim party to surrender the case.

This vicious cycle goes on and on and have no chances of any improvement at least in the present setup.

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