The second most discussed topic in the city these days after the PM nomination was the rape case at Mazar-e-Quaid. Everyone was shocked at finding out what had happened. People in Karachi are used to reading a couple of rape cases in the newspapers but the fact that it happened in the Quaidâ€™s Mausoleum and also that the girl was kept inside the Mazar for almost 36 hours was what left them shocked and angry.
My reaction was also the same, but after thinking over it and after my last visit there for photography, I have come to the conclusion that there must have been many other cases, its just that this is the first one that has come to light.
Why? Because when I went there with a friend of mine for taking some pics, we noticed that almost all the benches in the gardens of the mazar were occupied by couples and most of them didnâ€™t look like they were married. It was almost impossible to find a single bench that was not occupied, or occupied by someone other then a couple.
We were trying to get shot of an empty bench in the gardens and while we were setting the camera, a couple casually walked in the frame and occupied the empty bench. We tried to wave them off but they refused to move and only left after we showed them the camera.
On the far flung benches you can see signs of hanky panky going on, hands under the shawl and all that. We even saw a couple of times when they were ready to go, the guy would stand up and first â€œadjustâ€ his trousers from the front. The incident that took the cake was when we overheard a guy, who sells candies at the mazar, telling his friend how a couple sitting on the marble bench were â€œlagay paray hain aik dosray kay uparâ€ (loosely translated, were making out with each other) without giving a damn of who is around them.
Now with all this going on around there, if the security guards at the mazar, the same who are being charged with the rape of the girl, would pick up one of the couple for interrogation, take them inside one of the rooms, and do God knows what with them for a couple of hours, you think the girl or the boy would make a fuss about it? Especially if the girl is out on a date with the boy without the knowledge of her parents, as is the case most of the times? Of course not!! Sheâ€™d just go home, crying, without telling anyone about it otherwise her life would be ruined.
This time however, they picked up a married woman whose husband and family had the guts to stand by her. Letâ€™s see whether justice prevails and if it does, then will the culprits be dealt in a manner that they are made an example to discourage others of committing this heinous crime.