Letters To The Editor

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”– Walt Disney

Karachi’s mystery stabber

More than 12 women have been stabbed so far by a so-called psychotic mystery attacker, who has been attacking only women on various streets of the metropolitan. Local police appears helpless and hasn’t arrested him as yet. Being a woman, I am extremely worried about my safety when stepping out of the house because the stabber is attacking women, specifically those who travel alone or step out to work and study. So far, the attacker has stabbed just one guy, which is allegedly being linked to the horrendous situation going on for more than a week now. While it is understood that Karachi is a megacity with a huge population, yet it is the job of our law enforcement agencies to bring an end to this issue. The videos showing the attacker stabbing female passers-by are circulating all over the media, but no action has been taken for his identification. As a working woman, I request all the responsible authorities to look into this matter and arrest the stabber as soon as possible.

Farina Khan,

White privilege and gun violence in U.S.

The recent shooting incident in Las Vegas was indeed a sad event that has not just raised questions about the situation of gun violence in the United States of America but has also pointed out the hypocrisy of the American government with respect to the shooter. The fact that the shooter is merely being referred to as a madman or a psychopathic individual is sheer hypocrisy, for if the shooter was a Muslim, he would have been labelled as a terrorist without any confirmation, whatsoever. White privilege is currently a subject of debate in the U.S. and internationally too, following this fatal event. This so-called mentally-troubled man opened fire and killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds during a concert in the resort city and later committed suicide. Such incidents have been increasingly taking place in America and ever since the Trump administration kick-started its term last year, hate crimes and gun violence have been reported more than ever. The country known as the superpower has done nothing to protect its own people despite claims of endorsing world peace.

Umair Mustafa,

Domestic abuse

An 18-year-old girl was recently murdered by her in-laws in Hyderabad, Sindh, in the wake of violence and domestic abuse on a regular basis. The girl’s father claimed that his daughter was subject to incessant physical torture by her in-laws and after they had killed her, she was secretly buried by them. This, indeed, is not the first-ever case of domestic violence against women where the victim has been beaten to death, in fact, several similar cases go unreported and remain unresolved, for they are usually dumped by police as a family matter. Most of the time, culprits and murderers bribe local police and ask them to not take any actions against them and also threaten the victim’s family to withdraw the case. One wonders how many women would be killed in the name of honour or domestic violence, for there isn’t a ray of hope so far that gives one the surety of justice being served.

Kashaf Bano,

Inaccessibility of medicines

According to the information shared by the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 28 million people belonging to the low-middle income countries tend to die due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on an annual basis. In Pakistan, more than 52 per cent of men and 53 per cent of women under the age of 70 die of NCDs per year. It is an alarming rate for it reveals the bad condition of patients who suffer due to inaccessibility of medicines and lack of access to essential treatment needed in order to completely get rid of the disease. Therefore, people usually skip treatment and suffer the aftermath of the diseases they are suffering from. The country’s provincial and federal health departments must look into the issue of unavailability of drugs in hospitals and healthcare centres, and come up with solutions to cater the needs of the underprivileged.

Sohail Younus,