Letters To The Editor

“All difficulties are but easy when they are known.” – William Shakespeare

Human trafficking

Human trafficking is a global problem and one of the world's most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world and robbing them of their dignity. Traffickers are known to deceive women, men and children from all corners of the world and force them into exploitative situations. While the best-known forms of human trafficking are for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, child begging or case of organ’s harvesting according to latest investigations, more than 600 poor Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men over a period of nearly two years. When it comes to prevention of human trafficking, we must first of all pay attention to the causes that lead to the situation of trafficking and then find ways to reduce or possibly remove the cause altogether. Although, human trafficking is being tackled through a variety of national and international means. But fighting human trafficking should not just be seen as the responsibility of the authorities. Ordinary people can help tackle the crime by being aware of it and by making sure that the plight of victims does not go unnoticed.

Falak Khan,

Why do we compete for grades?

This is the question which is often overlooked by some students. They don't know why they are competing with each other. For instance, you get 92 per cent marks, even then you’re upset not because you scored less marks but because your competitor scored more than you. Competing with one another is a human’s basic instinct. If this instinct is eradicated then all of us will become lazy and dull as having a competition makes us want to excel. Basically, my purpose is to answer the question that arises in every student’s mind that why does every student compete for grades? And its simple answer is that, it is the law of nature; "Survival of the fittest."

Rana Hamdan Manzoor,

Curbing rabies

Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is caused by a virus. The disease infects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infected saliva via bites or scratches. Dogs are the source of 99% of human rabies deaths. Rabies is a neglected disease in Pakistan, despite the incidence of dog bites in the country is very high. Recently, a 10-year-old boy in Larkana, who was bitten by a stray dog, died of rabies. It may be noted that the total number of people who have died of dog bites in the province so far this year has reached 22. Research has revealed that most of the population are either unaware of the risk of rabies when bitten by rabid dogs, or do not seek the right treatment for its prevention. Other weaknesses in the control of rabies in Pakistan include limited access to up-to-date rabies vaccines and immunoglobulin. The government should ensure the most cost-effective and efficacious anti-rabies vaccines in designated rabies treatment centres in all districts and also conduct mass awareness on rabies transmission, prevention and self-protection in order to curb rabies.

Sadia Khurram,

Say no to food waste

December is upon us and so is the season of festivities. On many occasions, after large meals the leftover food is thrown away. Not just on occasions but it has become a part of routine for many of us, our plates are stuffed with food and when unable to finish, the leftovers are easily scraped off into the bin. We are all responsible for wasting food. According to UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), developing countries waste 40 per cent food items, while 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually all over the world. Almost a billion people are going hungry, out of which one-third are children. The amount of food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed all of the hungry people in the world. So, let’s pledge not to waste anymore food and not go overboard with our plates this shaadi season.

Rabiha Hameed,