Garlanded with shoes for ‘attacking’ a dog

Published: May 26, 2011
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Locals protest panchayat’s decision to punish 70-year-old man after his son pelted landlord’s dogs with stones.

Locals protest panchayat’s decision to punish 70-year-old man after his son pelted landlord’s dogs with stones.

LAYYAH: 

A landlord put a garland of shoes around the neck of an old man after his son pelted his dogs with stones.

On Wednesday afternoon, a local panchayat announced that a 70-year-old man be publicly humiliated after his son pelted the landlords dogs with stones. “My grandson only hit the dogs because they were growling at him and he thought they would attack him,” Kahror Lal Moza resident Muhammad Buksh was punished after his 12-year-old son Arif hit landlord Ghulam Abbas’s dogs.

“How can they punish my father for something that I did? Even then they didn’t bother to even ask us what happened,” Arif said.

A panchayat of over 20 people decided the case after landlord Ghulam Abbas asked that Buksh be punished for his insolence. “The fact is that Abbas has a longstanding rivalry with Buksh, who previously worked on his lands.

This certainly isn’t about his dogs,” said a Kahror village resident Asad.

Locals in the area protested against the treatment of Buksh. He was paraded around the village wearing a necklace of shoes and he was publicly beaten. “They humiliated him because a couple of the landlords dogs were turned away with stones,” Arif said. “I turned the dogs away because they would have attacked me. These people are now trying to tell me that the landlord’s dogs are more important than my father!” he said.

“I don’t have anything to say against these people because they will attack my family. My son is more important to me than this humiliation,” Buksh told reporters.

Several eyewitnesses eventually called the police to the scene. A police team arrived in the village after the incident but no arrests were made. “The police didn’t even reprimand the landlord or question anyone from the panchayat,” said Asad.

Arif told reporters that his father did not want to press any charges against the accused but that he had approached the police. “I cannot stand for such treatment of my old father.

He was humiliated for nothing and the entire village stood by and watched it happen,” he said.

After the media got wind of the incident, police officials agreed to register a case against 18 members of the panchayat as well as the accused landlord Abbas. The panchayat members include Malik Koro, Chinad and Rahim Bukhsh. However, no one has been arrested in the case so far.

“I was right to do what I did. The boy was hitting my dogs on my property and he deserved to be admonished,” Abbas told police. 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • saad naseer
    May 26, 2011 - 10:59AM

    A lot of people i’ve met hate dogs & throw stones & sticks at them as they’ve been brainwashed by mullahs into believing that dogs are disliked by islam & are evil.I know a lot of supposedly well educated people who don’t let dogs enter their houses as they think that Allah won’t send angels into a house where dogs have entered.

    We’re in the 21st century,isn’t it time we got rid of such fairy tales & started thinking rationally & using our brains for a minute.Blindly following religious dogma is not a ‘good’ or ‘pious’ or ‘pure’ thing ,it just shows how braindead you really are.Recommend

  • khan
    May 26, 2011 - 11:12AM

    @saad naseer,go and read the holy quran first then comment on these issues.holy quran says dogs are infidels and they deserve to be treated like kufr.Recommend

  • faraz irfan
    May 26, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @khan:

    Are you serious?

    You’re now calling poor animals infidels & kufr!! i mean,now it has come to this for you religious people.You’re not satisfied with labelling humans as kafirs & infidels,now your religious hate is extending to bezaban animals also !!

    No wonder we are in the sorry state we are in right now.Islamic fanatics like you kill those who don’t agree with your diseased mentality,that much everyone knew but calling poor animals as kafirs & infidels is even low for religious fanatics like you.Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 26, 2011 - 12:14PM

    @khan:
    Please tell me where is it written? Recommend

  • The Patriot
    May 26, 2011 - 12:39PM

    Shame on you khan!Recommend

  • danish
    May 26, 2011 - 3:02PM

    This landlord should be pelted with stones for humiliating a 70 yr old man for the sake of his dogs !!!!!!!Recommend

  • ss
    May 27, 2011 - 7:50AM

    shame on you, khan, for inventing lies. Nowhere does it state in the Holy Quran that dogs are kufr or infidels. kindness to all animals is a core value in Islam. How far we have fallen when people can invent things in the Holy Quran that are not there. shame on you, Mr. Khan.Recommend

  • Scooby Doo
    May 28, 2011 - 12:46AM

    @Khan,
    I probably know your motives for writing such nonsense.

    Islam dictates that you be just and kind towards animals, there are many Quranic injunctions and narrations from hadith that affirm this. May I remind you of the hadith of the woman of ill repute who when she saw a suffering dog on the throes of death, she took off her shoe and filled it with water to quench the thirst of the poor animal for which she was forgiven for ALL her sins.

    As for beating up a 70 year old man???Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:02PM

    yes shame on khan BUT more importantly shame on the police for not internvening and taking prompt action to ensure such does not happen again.. SHAME ON OUR POLICERecommend

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