and what about huqooq-e-atfaal?
what with the media war against the controversial hudood ordianance, the even more controversial (if that were possible) women’s protection bill and the obvious opposition sponsored fallout, the focus of every current and aspiring political and social hevyweight is the rights of the woman – and that, mind you, is not a bad thing at all. however, being the one track minded nation that we are, the powers that be (who happen to be nothing more than a representative sample of the mentality of a nation) are carrying on as if the hudood ordinance and everything pertaining thereto (or anything opposing it – depending on who you are) was or is the sole social evil causing problems for pakistanis.
and having put their collective conscience at ease, both the politicos and the media are back at what they do best – the doing of, and the reporting of the doing of – nothing, respectively.
meanwhile, the peninsula, which claims to be qatar’s leading english daily, published an article on the plight of teenaged children in karachi’s borstal, the youthful offenders industrial school. apparently a shocking 97% of the population consists of under trial prisoners. this despite the fact that the musharraf government passed a law in 2000, the juvenile justice sytem ordinance, which specifies that the trial of a minor is supposed to be decided within 4 months. the article quotes a former chief justice of pakistan saying that most of the lower judiciary is unaware of the law….
in irony, we lead the world.
story credit: one of our readers who didn’t leave a name