Unfortunate incident

Authorities need to separate grain of truth from the proverbial chaff to arrive at a just conclusion

Editorial December 02, 2019

This represents the height of brutality. An innocent girl is reported to have been stoned to death in the Kirthar mountain range of Dadu district, although a conflicting account of how the 10-year-old met the tragic end is also being bandied about. Disturbingly, the suspicion for the brutal murder has fallen on parents of the deceased girl. If that turns out to be true after investigation, the incident will add to the catalogue of harrowing episodes shaming the nation.

Swinging into action, Dadu police have arrested the parents as well as two other suspects for their possible hand in the sordid incident.According to police, the incident occurred on the night between November 21 and 22 in the Sindh district, which borders the Balochistan province. Upon receiving information, Dadu’s senior superintendent of police directed police officials from Wahi Pandhi — an area in Johi taluka of the district — to gather information about the unfortunate episode. Wahi Pandhi police first picked up a cleric who led the police to the house of the girl’s parents. ‘We are further verifying facts but we have arrested the deceased girl’s parents and a maulvi who had led the funeral prayer, as well as another man who had facilitated her burial,” said the top police officer. According to him, all four are being quizzed.

A first information report (FIR) regarding the incident has been filed on behalf of the state by the police on the complaint of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Ghulam Qadir Gopang. While the parents, who were living in an area called Shahi Makaan, claim that the girl had died ‘accidentally due to a landslide on the mountain’, the FIR says the girl’s father, his relative, and four others had ‘hatched a conspiracy for the murder’. Authorities need to separate grain of truth from the proverbial chaff to arrive at a just conclusion.


Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2019.

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