Five women have been buried alive in Balochistan merely because they married as per their own choice instead of following age old tribal law and traditions. This barbaric act has surfaced only after intense media reporting and for once there is wide scale condemnation of a tradition which has existed for decades but intrinsically reeks of violence.
Amidst all the hue and cry, the investigation team is trying to determine whether the women were buried alive or murdered before being buried. To my mind, this is laughable because regardless of whether they were buried alive or were murdered before burial, they were brutally killed and treated like objects instead of as humans.
The perpetrators of this crime say that they were merely following tradition and age old customs and would repeat this act if the chance came their way again as for them its a matter of honor. Parliament has condemned this act; however, a couple of members have refrained from voting as they are also proponents of brutality and contunuation of age old traditions whereby they deem the male race as superior and guardians of honor
There is no justification for this crime and regardless of what anyone says, the perpetrators must be brought to justice and given the most extreme punishment possible in order to dissuade others from following in their footsteps.
The hue and cry raised by the media heralds a wind of change and an inclination towards the fact that the nation is finally waking up and wants change in society. There are rotten apples throughout the country but if we slowly and gradually remove some of them, maybe we can move forward. The journey is long but as Lao Tzu says ‘Even a journey of a thousand miles must begin with but a single step.’ There may be hurdles along the way but we must move forward and the media must actively highlight the injustices prevalent in society. I for one am optimistic that change is in the offing because the only thing that is permanent in this world is change itself. Lets all hope for the best!!!!