Two people, two deaths, two families, two countries, two cases and two nations.
During December 2012 in the sub-continent, there have been two major incidents that caused people to come out and raise their voices, in huge numbers. Shahzeb Khan’s murder in Pakistan and the gang-rape of a woman in Delhi has ignited a fire in the hearts of their people who are not ready to suffer injustice anymore.
There have been many registered and unregistered murder cases in Pakistan for the last few years including many target and sectarian killings. The reason why people have come out on the streets for Shahzeb Khan, son of a high ranking official in the police force, is that he was killed over a small dispute. People are amazed and disgusted at the fact that in Pakistan, one can literally get away with murder if associated with a powerful family.
There have been many such cases in which people belonging to influential families or feudal families take advantage of their power and commit heinous crimes. It is usually the criminal’s friends in high places that make sure they are never arrested and that justice is never served. Shahzeb Khan’s murder is another case in which the accused have fled the city with the help of powerful connections and are on the run.
Criminals think they can commit murder and rape and get away with it, because they can and they do. And Shahzeb Khan’s murder has just highlighted this fact yet again. The only difference is that the people are not ready to take this for granted this time around and they are making sure everyone hears of it. Thousands of people have and are peacefully protesting and demanding the authorities to catch the culprits, as a result of which the Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken notice of the murder which is certainly an accomplishment of the people’s efforts.
Good step by the SC to take suo motto notice of Shahzeb Khan's murder. tribune.com.pk/story/487827/s…— Nasim Zehra(@NasimZehra) January 2, 2013
Such a sad story - may Shahzeb Khan's soul rest in peace fb.me/1ofTKqOHa— SundayMagDailyTimes (@SundayDT) December 27, 2012
In December 2012, Delhi too saw a mass protest held in reaction to the gang-rape of a 23yr old medical student. The woman was also brutally beaten and the six accused had tried to run the bus over her after throwing her out.
Delhi is also known as the ‘rape capital’ of India and though there have been numerous rape cases, the people in are apparently on a quest to have stricter laws regarding sexual abuse. Not only do they want the culprits to be punished (severely), they also want changes on a higher level to prevent such cases in future. Millions of supporters have taken it to the streets and the Indian government is making efforts to revise anti-rape laws.
This is a huge change the region of sub-continent has experienced in the past year. It may be the end of a year but it surely is a beginning for some great changes that might help these two countries to provide people justice. The people have a voice now and make no mistake, they are speaking. Let’s just hope they are heard each time they do.