Bilawal sends flowers to rape victim, vows action

Published: December 18, 2012
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Pledges to protect weak segments of society from all sorts of atrocities and violence. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pledges to protect weak segments of society from all sorts of atrocities and violence. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: 

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari sent a bouquet to six-year-old rape victim of Umerkot district, Vijenti who is admitted at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Lyari.

In his message, Bilawal pledged to protect the weak segments of society from all sorts of atrocities and violence.

He directed the provincial government to provide assistance, including medical facilities, to the victim and her family and to take swift and stringent action against the culprits so that they can be punished for the inhumane crime.

Bilawal House Media Coordinator, Surendar Valasai handed over the bouquet and message on behalf of Chairman PPP.

Vijenti was kidnapped from Ghulam Nabi Shah town of Umerkot District in the first week of December, and was assaulted by culprits.

Karachi Division Information Secretary Lateef Mughal and former PPP MPA Engineer Gianchand Meghwar were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2012.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Good gesture. But nice kid, please don’t forget that your father runs this country and can do a lot to protect weak segments of the society, which apparently he isn’t doing.

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  • Bilal
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:23PM

    Get a life kid.Recommend

  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:31PM

    Within the limit of verbal claims this is much the best,most satisfactory,excellent and august to show human sympathies with the victim…..

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  • Parvez
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Does Bilawal Bhutto even comprehend that it is his fathers PPP government presently in power and that if he actually did something about the state of affairs it would be more appreciated than this cosmetic gesture of sending flowers.

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  • Irfan
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Flowers for what ?????

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  • A2Z
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:56PM

    These are nothing but the tactics to to keep themselves in news and smoothing base for next elections. Our media does not have an iota of sense. Whatever these feudal lords are uttering from their mouths is a news but what they have done to our nation is not. Shame on ET

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  • MAD
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Flowers!!!!! and those are supposed to make her feel better. Find those who raped her and punish them, remove the stigma against rape victims and make sure this doesnt happen again. Oh and before anyone hear starts whining about Oh he is still a kid, just 24 years old and what can he do keep in mind he is the Chairman, yes Chairman of the political party presently ruling this country. Welcome to politics Bilawal, now you too are answerable to us.

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  • Vampire
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:21PM

    The offspring of Zardari is learning the tricks – after all he’s tge future of PPP pvt ltd

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  • Adeel
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:26PM

    No. We won’t vote for you.

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  • yousaf
    Dec 18, 2012 - 3:53PM

    I was heartened when I read the headlines that Bilawal had sent flowers to a rape victim.I took it as a good gesture by a young promising man from PPP.When I was going through the details of the news something smelt foul.He was ‘directing’ the provincial government to take action against the culprits.What are the elected and other govt.functionaries doing?waiting for orders from someone who is not yet even elected to the assembly.No doubt he is the Chairman of one of several other political parties.He could wait till elected or could have sent flowers as a considerate son of the soil.Or is it that our children too are going to be RULED by the feudals???

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  • KB
    Dec 18, 2012 - 4:37PM

    “He directed” – What? Saying as if it’s your father’s country and he runs it! Oh! Eh, Sorry! It is! Yeh pakistan ap kay peo ka hai!

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  • Traveller
    Dec 18, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Welcome to Kingdom of PPP….Recommend

  • kamal
    Dec 18, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Victim will feel better when culprits are arrested & punished strongly, victim should be rehabilated in the society with dignity , of course with financial security n education so that she can stand on her own without fear. It is time for the families to educate young growing boys at home & school to learn, how to be respectful & sensitive towards females. Also whole society should have positive attitude towards empowerment of women, liberal qualified n working women.

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  • Namoo
    Dec 18, 2012 - 5:55PM

    He ordered the provincial government? In what capacity?

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  • Insaan
    Dec 18, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Looks like it is the same incidence I read in a letter to the editor on Dawn.
    Sons of some powerful people raped a six year old Hindu girls. Police declined to register an FIR. When media got involved, police were nice enough to register an FIR. Police arrested some other innocent person, tortured him to confess the crime. Rumors are police got more then a million rupees from the powerful people for doing a good job.

    Things may turn out in favor of the poor girl if International media gets involved

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  • A. Khan
    Dec 18, 2012 - 11:50PM

    “Bilawal pledged to protect the weak segments of society from all sorts of atrocities and violence'”

    I nearly threw up when I read this as its his ilk i.e. wadera culture that is responsible for vast majority of such cases. Instead of saying that he would change the system if elected, he “calls for” punishment for those accused.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Good Bilawal.....You are The Future of Pakistan...Love with Poor like Z.A.Bhutto Shaheed....Go ahead Dear Bilawal...God Bless You...
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  • Umar Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Sending flowers, pledging justice, giving money, having photo sessions at the victim house etc, are these the only things our rulers can do ? The victims don’t need such hollow gestures. They and the nation require speedy justice.
    What a country we live in where even the rulers cannot apprehend the criminals. Do something before we turn into another afghanistan

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  • Mirza
    Dec 19, 2012 - 2:19AM

    For some it is the aim in life to oppose every gesture of Bilawal and PPP. If Blawal prayed for the victim, he must have ulterior motive. If he sent something it must be evil. He should stay quiet like most rightwing leaders? While the rightwing leaders have been talking about Taliban waging a jihad the secular leaders of PPP and ANP are laying their lives for minorities and smaller sects. What was the crime of Taseer, Bhatti and BB? Why only secular democrats are killed while all the rightwing leaders live freely?Recommend

  • A R Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Long live the king and all that.Recommend

  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:11AM

    @Mirza:
    Right wing…they don’t love country, they don’t love Islam they only love their seats and their motto is always criticism whether it is right or wrong. They always welcome Powerful wing because this is the shortcut to achieve the seats, they are playing Mir Jafar Role since long… at the time of sacrifice they hide themselves in the holes of ground…..

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  • Dec 19, 2012 - 9:33AM

    @A2Z: Well said, sir. You have hit the media nail on the media’s head. These are useless gestures. Bilawal should go personally to meet her and ensure the complete treatment of Vijenti. Nevertheless, he must personally oversee the culprits are caught and put behind bars in front of the media. Truly very, very sad and tragic. Many thanx and Salams

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  • kamal
    Dec 19, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Good gesture by Bilawal, but more actions also needed, as i mentioned in my earlier comment

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  • Hello1
    Dec 19, 2012 - 10:33AM

    In what capacity he “directed the provincial government to provide assistance, including medical facilities, to the victim and her family and to take swift and stringent action against the culprits so that they can be punished for the inhumane crime.”

    Already getting too big for his boots!

    I also nearly threw up like A. K. Khan

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  • AmericanMuse
    Dec 19, 2012 - 11:53AM

    It’s inappropriate and tacky to send flowers to a rape victim.

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  • Ayesha
    Dec 19, 2012 - 12:26PM

    immature !

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  • Linchpin
    Dec 19, 2012 - 3:58PM

    In many Western countries, sending flowers to a rape victim would be considered poor taste and patronising. Perhaps it a the face of a culture and feudal mindset where privileged son of a land owner sends flowers to a poor girl from a low cast hindu minority. The intentions I am sure were not malign but an opportunity to show the world how the social structure in Pakistan plays out – He pats her on the head and shows world that he can use the powers of the state according to his whim and thus demonstrates power (though he has no formal power). I am sure it is well meaning but does he really understand his own place (of privilege and power) in the human drama that unfolds in much of rural Pakistan.

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  • Ahsan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Who is he to “direct” the provincial government?Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 21, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Political leaders acting like celebrities.Bilawal need to be in the news because he is too

    special to go through the pain of living in this country for a few days.

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