a true human rights champion!

I’ve often believed that the only reason Pakistan continues to survive as a nation, despite the rampant corruption, the thievery and the ego, is due to the efforts of a few good men. Today, while reading the wire feeds, i came across exactly such a persons’ story. Superintendent Nusrat Hussain Mangan of Central Jail, Karachi sees capital punishment as barbaric and stronly opposes it. Infact, he regularly makes an effort to do something about it instead of just paying lip service to the media.

“Nothing comes out of killing another person,” Mangan says, adding, “There are other punishments that can serve the purpose.”

He gets resistance on a regular basis. Afterall, its justice right? the courts have handed down their verdict. the criminal killed another person right?

Mangan looks at the situation from a very different perspective. “It’s not a rotten part of the fruit that you just cut out and throw away, it’s human life we are talking of. Even if he’s a criminal, he’s a human being first. So I tell them, he deserves another chance and we can help save his life by contributing that paltry amount collectively.” Not many are convinced though and thus the delay.

The story of a true Pakistani human rights champions, one of the many unsung hero’s who do their good to society and slowly wither away. To date, he’s managed to give the lives back of three inmates involved in roadside accidents which took the lives of three people, by arranging the ‘diyat’ or bloodmoney paid to the families of the victims. “Not one was a ‘criminal’ as is usually pointed out. They were poor so their families could not arrange for the money and their employers refused to bail them out. But the amount was manageable and we could find people to donate.”

The case he’s working on is this.

The family of Mohammad Ishan, 34, condemned for murder, is trying vainly to meet the terms of a last-minute compromise which would halt the issuance of the ‘black warrant’ (the letter confirming a death sentence) and the final walk to the prison gallows.

The terms have been just too steep for Ihsan’s older brother to meet. His father cannot help, surviving precariously on different jobs from day to day. It has been left to him, a garment factory worker, to collect the money. But he already has to care for seven sisters and three brothers. Of these, three sisters have recently been married off which has burdened him with new debts.

“The blood money – the Islamic ‘diyat’ where money is paid as compensation to the family of the victim – has been fixed at Rs 1,200,000 (about 20,000 dollars). The family has managed to collect Rs 700,000 (11,666 dollars) but the rest has still to be arranged, somehow,” Mangan explains. He is trying to help raise the remainder before the week is out, although Ihsan’s family will request the court to grant more time.

If you wish to help, please get in touch with Superintendent Mangan at Central Jail.

Source: oneworld.net
More information: How the act is carried out in Central Jail
Original Writer: Zofeen T. Ebrahim

17 Comments so far

  1. Fazal Ashfaq (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    [Salute]


  2. fAr stAr (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    the world is still in existence coz of such ppl


  3. HITMAN (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    How is capital punishment barbaric? Fine that if the murder was not committed through pre planning or if it was a result of a brawl etc, then we may keep the option of “diyat” open. But what if there is a cold blooded murderer @ large? Wouldnt it be best to just get rid of that criminal?


  4. HITMAN (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    He would be a true Human Rights Champion if he ensures that no innocent would be punished, not by outlawing severe punishments. Severe punishments r a necessity for criminals. I would really like to see the hands chopped off of the mobile phone snatchers & other such morons, because they r the very ppl who wont hesitate to kill u for even a 3k worth mobile.


  5. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    @hitman, i think we shud appreciate him if he is doing some good work. he is doing wat ever he can.
    Rest is up to those who have thee responsibility for that


  6. HITMAN (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    I do appreciate, but claiming that Capital Punishment is barbaric & should be put aside is beyond my tiny mind.


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    @hitman: the point of giving out capital punishment was that others would not follow suit. Clearly that is not happening. Plus, someone whose on death row for a road accident is not a hardened criminal.

    The problem with capital punishment is that its final, it doesn’t give the person a chance to rectify his behavior or think about it..

    lastly, capital punishment encourages one time criminals to keep doing it again n again until they’re caught. a dialog from a movie i saw a long time baq rings true in this regard: “Eik katal kee aur so katal kee saza tou eik hee hai, phir kya faida sirf eik karnay ka”


  8. Balma (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=65594

    I am sorry to bring this up in this thread, but my request for discussing this topic was ignored by people monitoring ‘suggest a story’ space.

    Folling is from The News, and is a very threatening development.

    Blasphemous writer gets life term
    By our correspondent

    Karachi

    The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), on Monday handed down a blasphemous writer a life term as well as other sentences, having found him guilty of the offence of defiling a copy of the Holy Quran, outraging religious feelings and propagating religious hatred among society.

    The ATC judge, Syed Saghir Hussain Zaidi sentenced Younus Sheikh to life imprisonment under section 295-B of the PPC, awarded 10 years in prison under section 295-A with a fine of Rs50,000, ordering that, in default, he shall have to suffer a further six-month term. The court also sentenced him to five years in prison under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) with a fine of Rs50,000.

    Sheikh was arrested by police in January 2005 for writing a book against the Islamic laws deviating from the teaching of Quran and Sunnah. The accused had negated the punishment of Rajam (Stoning to death in case of adultery) in his book and wrote contemptuous remarks against Imams of Fiqah.

    – rest of the article deleted, please visit the URL above –


  9. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    I HATE these sort of articles. The description of hanging process makes one feel pity for those who has committed severe crimes.


  10. Balma (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

    But writing against Rijam or against ‘imams’ is not a severe crime. Whole country is going to the dogs. One can’t even publish a book anymore in PK without risking death by court. hum logo’n kee soche kiss qadr ghaTyaa ho gayee hae! Whole society, includding judges, laywers, teachers, parents have gone nuts.


  11. Balma (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Also, pussies like Aitezaz Hussain should be defending this Shaikh guy, not another one of his own totally corrupt legal clan.
    Aray, sirf kitaab likhnay per life sentence!
    Kameenee Qaum.


  12. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm
  13. Hercules (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    So what would you do Balma when someone will insult your parents writing contemptuous remarks in his book?


  14. Imran (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    INDIVIDUALITY is what makes the World go round. Only those individuals who understand that our entire life is the sum of each hour of each day of our lives – can truly appreciate life the way Nature meant it to be lived … Not some brainwashed interpretation of life written in books.

    If the above is too difficult to be understood, here’s a simpler interpretation . . . A Human Being’s life is a result of individual decisions, and the collective actions (of others) have direct consequences, on those decisions.

    Puting the blame on one person (eg stoning the DEVIL) is an outdated and barbaric 14th Century practise.

    Life is governed by CONSCIENCE, not rules dictated by religion or even culture. Life transcends culture and eligio or any barrier that separates people from each other. Peple are essentially te SAME irregardless of where they live. We are ALL RESPONSIBLE for the well-being of each individual.

    But be careful Mansoor, we dont want fanatics and fundamentalists taking a shot at chopping off your hands and limbs, Saudi style, do we now?


  15. mansoor (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    hear hear imran! the human life, if only people could actually care what it actually is worth (priceless) than forever trying to put a price on it (diyat etc), we might actually become a better world.


  16. HITMAN (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    I think all of us who r against severe punishments should ask ourselves y is crime rate so low in KSA than the rest of the world. It obviously not because they r better human or something else.


  17. Balma (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    *Hercules writes:

    So what would you do Balma when someone will insult your parents writing contemptuous remarks in his book?

    ***
    Anyone should be free to write anything about anyone. But ones rights end where my face begins. In other words, say all what you want to say.



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