Hyderabad is home to many students that are often compelled to work part-time in order to make ends meet. Being a student myself, when I first came to Hyderabad for higher education I struggled to manage my expenses and found a part-time job in a Sindhi newspaper. Yesterday, on my way back home, I was mugged in Defence phase 1. The incident left me with nothing to meet expenses for the rest of the month, forcing me to borrow from others. Another incident of mugging took place in the same locality. The victim was shot in the leg when he showed resistance. If the situation in posh neighbourhoods is such, then one can only imagine how bad it would be in the rest of the city.
The reality is that street crimes have become rampant in Hyderabad and residents remain miserable. I urge the relevant authorities to take rigorous action against the perpetrators. The police need to be more vigilant and ensure the security and protection of citizens. Victims should be compensated financially if the police fail to recover their looted possessions. Otherwise, the situation will persist.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2021.