August 23, 2010

Name them. Shame them. Ex-communicate them. Residents of Sialkot who still want to be considered a part of civilized humanity, now is the time to step forward and identify the animals who were taking part in the murders of the two brothers. All of them, the stick wielding barbarians, as well as that circle of callous spectators standing by, some even recording the barbaric act on their cell phones are murderers of those boys. They are the demons the society must exorcise.

The hordes of media persons that have descended upon that blighted place should not be content on regurgitating that sickening footage. Get to work. Get close-up still shots of each and every member of the crowd. Blow those images up. Get your reporters to work. Cross-check with NADRA. Get their names, addresses, family affiliations.

We know you have the resources. We know you do not have to become forensic experts. You can fiddle with pixelated images well enough to make many people in the video footage recognisable.

And to you civil society organisations and all other patronising, sermonising do-gooders: how about forking over cash enough to print posters of these images and plaster them across the city to name them… and shame them… and ex-communicate them… and isolate them… and identify them.

And hopefully, punish them despite the loopholes in the system.

Have your say. Vote in the poll below:

What segment of our society do you most blame for the public beating and murder of two boys in Sialkot on August 15?

  • Sialkot police (31%, 160 Votes)
  • The crowds who watched but did not intervene (24%, 122 Votes)
  • A culture of violence (20%, 102 Votes)
  • Poor governance (15%, 77 Votes)
  • An ineffective judicial system (10%, 53 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 510

A freelance journalist, with an experience of print, electronic and web media. She writes, and trains media on climate change, gender and labour issues, as well as media ethics.