Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Justice and Revenge

The law and order situation in Karachi is completely out of control.March 15th, 2011 and around 36 people have died in just four days. The promises of State to provide protection and justice are like pie crust, made to be broken. There is no sign of remedy anywhere in this anarchy. The citizens of Karachi have finally crossed the thin line that has long separated revenge from justice. This sort of news is not new but will always remind us of our savagery when it happens. There is a long list of dacoits who were tortured, burned and even killed by the people of Karachi. These sorts of incidents are being encouraged and it is being argued that this will prove to be deterrence against all the outlaws and criminals.

People will gather and start beating the mugger or dacoit ruthlessly and mercilessly. Instead of handing him over to the authorities, disappointed with the ineffective and inefficient justice system, the citizens will take the matter in their own hands and kill him. They can torture him or burn him alive. The justification may seem acceptable in face of weak government and justice system. But let us not forget the tragic event of Sialkot (a city of Punjab) when two innocent children, tied with blood relation to each other, were killed by a crazy mob. There was no justification of such a barbaric behavior but it was justified then. The justification is of no importance, may it be a dacoits or innocent brothers, when savagery is dictating all the rules of the game.

We are no longer a civilized nation. The words like law and justice means nothing to us. We will do anything and are ready to cross any limits. We will kill in the name of religion, blasphemy, target-killing, political gang wars and the virus of arms will continue to be injected in our youths. We have guns, rifles, pistols of every kind and every sort. We have reasons, though not justifiable, to kill and die. There is no cause and no purpose behind our sacrifice. We have reduced the value of life; let it be ours or anyone else.

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