How Safe Is The Beach ? beach is one place, the under privileged of our city and their children can visit and enjoy to escape the summer heat. They visit beaches to vent out the tension and stress caused by the week long hard work and their economic conditions which keep them under constant pressure but the beach which too is soon to run short on them, and whatever the little beach there will be left for them to enjoy or the stretch they are currently enjoying is far from healthy.

First it’s the pollution on the beach at Seaview, the plastic wrappers and bags, rotting food and even used contraceptives floating here and there can’t be too healthy for the little ones or the even the adults who take dips in the darkened salty water to cool them selves in the summer.

Secondly, I have seen many children bathing in the sea as deep as almost their full height, now what if someone drowns? There is absolutely no one to rescue her/him, there are no life guards, no boats and no rescue centers at least none that I know of on the whole stretch of beach from Seaview to Clifton?
A four/Five year old, standing unattended in water.

Whenever I visit Seaview, the sight of children going deep in the sea often unattended freaks me out, I feel sad when I realize that our government thinks even less for these under privileged few, who are the largest proton of the nation’s population and what am I actually doing for their health, education or safety? The guilt makes me feel even worse…

10 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

    More than the government, it is the responsibility of the parents to keep an eye on young children.

    Pollution, we are all to be blamed for it.

  2. wasiq (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 4:20 am

    Keep dreaming man the Baywatch ain’t happening here….lol

  3. G K (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 4:31 am

    @ Wasiq lolz ..baywatch in karachi would be like fiffty fiffty in USA..KIYA KEH RAHE HO BHAEE..AJAB KEH RAHE HO BAHEE..LOLZZZ

  4. BitterTruth (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 7:21 am

    Its Karachi aren’t safe on roads, streets even at your home..its part of the thrill. Thanks for successive governments, always maintained same standard of thrill…current one has raised it a little bit..

  5. MB (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    BITTERTRUTH is right but so is SUFI

    Now will much come to teach the parents to not allow their young children to go deeper ?

    This is purely a social issue. The max officials can do is to have some people in case of emergency but they are not suppose to stop every second child who is jumping into it. What the parents there are for ? Are they blind ?

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    Wasiq, hhahahaha. I am sure you are not expecting our MEERA as Pam Andreson? :-)

  7. BitterTruth (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    Meera as Pam would be difficult for the victim what is less painful experience ..drowning or meera

  8. BoZz (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    There are signs, or at least were, that warned people to stay out of the waters.

    There are life guards or at least were.

    From the month of April onwards till almost as late as November the sea is in an agitated state. Moonsoon and other factors being the reason.

    It takes very little brain power to observe the dangers when at the sea shore.

    Despite that if anyone chooses to ignore the signs let it be on their conscience.

  9. Tamed~. (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    ‘The beach is one place, the under privileged of our city and their children can visit..’

    Do you mean that they do not attract any of the elites??

    Where do they go then?

    I hve been out of Karachi for some time now & not aware of the recent places where the privilage class goes.

    Couold someone tellme please?

  10. karachiite (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    TAMED~ I think that teh above statement meant that its a palce where the under priveleged class can go easily, and enjoy without expenditure..

    my 2 fils..

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