KARACHI: Pakistan’s artist fraternity came together again on Friday to protest against the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old minor girl in Kasur and demand laws and justice to prevent such tragedies in future.
Celebrities including Ayesha Omar, Nadia Hussain, Faysal Qureshi and other members of the civil society met with Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza at the Sindh Assembly, where they asked questions regarding the laws present in the country to ensure justice in child sexual abuse cases.
Ayesha Omar, while speaking to media outside the Sindh Assembly, said that while laws exist for such cases, they are rarely implemented.
“In many such cases evidence exists, but often families don’t pursue justice because they are ashamed. We have to figure out a way to convince the victims’ families not to feel embarrassed and to educate their children about sexual abuse,” she urged.
The actress called for a need for speedy trials to ensure justice for the victims.
“We need speedy trials in special cases such as child sexual abuse to ensure justice,” she demanded.
Nadia Hussain called on the entire nation to unite for justice. “Laws will be made when the nation comes together,” she stressed.
Faysal Qureshi said the people need to ensure laws are implemented to deter such heinous crimes.
“This is not the time to be afraid. We need results. Children are vulnerable and weak, how can they escape from an adult who wants to harm them,” he said.
The artists also said they would approach the Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure implementation of laws to prevent child abuse.