Pakistan : Tasleem Solangi Thrown Before Ferocious Hungry Dogs And Shooted. Another Honour Killing Issue.
Dated = Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Location = Khairpur District ( Sindh Province ) Pakistan
Tasleem Solangi, 17 Year Muslim Girl - New Victim of Barbarism In Pakistan ..... Thrown Before Hungry Dogs And Shooted, Another Honour Killing Issue, Was Accused Without Any Proof Of ' Immorality '.
Sometimes I Think Why Pakistan Is Like That ..... Or Will It Ever Change ?
Almost Everyday We Hear News Like Women Killed In The Name Of ' Honor Killing '.
Will This Ever End Or Pakistan Will Remain Like That ?
In My Opinion, It Seem Difficult To Bring Change ..... Because Education And Justice Are The Basic Elements Which Can Bring Change In Any Society.
Unfortunately Both These Basic Elements Lack In Pakistani Society. ( And The Situation Is Worse In Interior ). How Can A Nation Develop, Where Youth Have Weapons ( Or Power ) In Their Hands, Rather Than Books ..... And Their Elders Are Appreciating Them !
Here Is Another Real Life Inhuman Incident Showing That How Much Strongly Rooted ' Jungle Justice And Decissions ' Exist In Pakistan And What Worse A Human Can Do To Another .....
Try To Imagine The Pain And Fear Of Any Human Being, When Thrown Infront Of Hungry Dogs !
Well ! All This Is Good To Watch In A Hollywood Movie ..... Unfortunately, Implemented In Pakistan.
Tasleem Solangi’s story cannot be classified as that of any village girl who met a bad fate, of a girl who got married by force and who died by force. She cannot be called a girl who only dreamt village dreams, who will only be remembered and soon forgotten as just another girl from just another village.
Tasleem Solangi was the daughter of a livestock trader, was the third among six siblings, she did work around the house and she married to end family disputes. All this makes her seem like an ordinary village girl but her life was far from ordinary. Tasleem made the most out her life, she made more of it than any other girl in her village. She was a brave child, she wasn’t born into a rich and prominent family, she was a village girl with a city mind, she had dreams that reached farther than the outskirts of her Hajan Shah village, dreams that touched the roots of modernity. She was the daughter of a simple village livestock trader but she wanted her daughter to have a doctor as a mother. She always stood out among other villagers. The simple fact that education and knowledge left an impression on her reveals that she was no ordinary village girl who was content with being illiterate, with only doing house work and raising a family. After she saw her uncle, Abdul Hameed, work as a doctor, she knew right then that was her calling, helping people, curing people, saving people. Tasleem had passed her matriculation and after seeing her uncle, she wanted to continue her studies and become a doctor but could not do so because she got married.
This is not where her extraordinary story turns ordinary; this still doesn’t make her just another village girl, she got married on her own decision. She married to do what she in essence always wanted to do, to help people. She got married to settle a dispute among her family, she was hopeful that by marrying her cousin she would be able to resolve and settle issues, she compromised her dreams to help her family. She did what she thought was best and went against her mother. “I tried to stop her from getting married but she did anyway,” lamented Zakara Bibi Solangi, Tasleem’s mother, “she said that she was very lucky because she was getting married to her cousin and that she would manage to resolve the issues.”
Her act of sacrifice shows the importance Tasleem gave to her family, rather, it shows the importance Tasleem had in the family. Not being able to continue her own education did not deter Tasleem from imparting education to others. She would teach her siblings, mother, grandmother and others. “Tasleem first taught me how to write my name,” her mother recalls with teary eyes. “I am a doctor, please listen to me, is what she used to say.”
Nobody could say that Tasleem was a village girl of seventeen, her life, the way she used to dress, the way she used to think was that of a city girl. She had a separate room, even a separate cup for tea, a separate glass for water, jewelry, bangles, a mobile phone and many suits. This villager girl used to wear bangles that matched the colors of her clothes. She never complained about the things she didn’t have, never refusing any housework, she sang her way through her chores. Black and blue were her favorite colors, she followed fashion whether in technology or in clothes.
Tasleem was even religious, she offered all her prayers and read the Quran. She took the little things in life that God gave her and did the most she could do with them. She had dreams and hopes and ideals that could have blossomed into a new age in her village. However, on March 7, 2008, in the Hajna Shah Village, Taluka Bara Masi Goth in Khairpur district, her dreams were buried with her. On that day she was dealt the same fate that many village girls are dealt- Tasleem Solangi was brutally murdered in an alleged case of ‘kari’. All her hopes were snatched from her before death, she had to go through the torture of realizing that she was indeed in a village and she was indeed a village girl who was up against the people who followed rigid decrees.
Before she died, she realized that there was no hope to resolve the family dispute, “please forgive me mother, I was wrong and you were right, they will kill me.” Tasleem sacrificed herself to save her family, and for that, she was chased by dogs before she was shot to death. Her dreams of bringing peace in her family were repaid by making her see her son, who was barely months old, being bitten to death by dogs. Her father was tied in a room and, through the window, was made to see his grandson being ripped, he watched helplessly as his daughter, being chased by dogs, ran out of site, he heard a gunshot and was made to assume the worst.
Tasleem’s brother Asif Solangi told Daily Times that his father had property worth almost five million rupees and this property was what his father’s brothers were after. This issue was what Tasleem gave up her dream for and in the end gave her life for. Her family is now living in Karachi, hiding without any protection and living arrangements, while the inquiry of the case has started.
News Source = ( Daily Times ) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\10\30\story_30-10-2008_pg12_15
Picture Source = ( Geo News ) http://www.geo.tv/10-29-2008/27737.htm