KARACHI – Beggar girls are found almost at every traffic signal and market places in the City, but what is not usual this time is the apathy and not noticed the presence of young and adolescent girls, and some of these beggar girls make themselves available.
They are part of a larger crowd of beggars belonging to every age. Of late, their numbers have been on the rise, and they do not look conspicuous in the larger crowd.
The Centre of Excellence for Women Studies, University of Karachi, has conducted interviews with beggar girls at the 17 locations of the metropolis, where they are visible in large numbers including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Clifton, Landhi, Malir, Saddar, Liaquatabad, Gulistan-e-Johar, FB Area, Sharah-e-Faisal, Mehmoodabad, Jail Chowrangi, Bahadurabad, Tower, Garden, and Cantt Station. The statistics told that 78 per cent of the beggar girls were 12 to 15 years of age, and the next group was 9 to 11 years old while only 9 per cent said they were around 6 to 8 years old.
The largest number of beggar girls, 52 per cent identified cities and districts of Sindh as their places of origin, and the largest group of 21 per cent claimed locations in Punjab from where their families migrated to Karachi. Bangladeshi girls were 9 per cent and 7 per cent from NWFP.
About 52per cent beggar girls said they were Muslims, and those who claimed to be Hindu were 45 per cent while 3 per cent said they were Christians.
About 34 per cent beggar girls said they had been migrated to Karachi and residing here for the last 6 years.
The mother tongue of the largest group of the beggar girls interviewed was Sindhi 51 per cent, while Urdu 2 per cent, Bengali 10 per cent, Seraiki 12 per cent, Pashto 8 per cent, Punjabi 8 per cent, and Balochi 8 per cent.
Majority of the 84 per cent of beggar girls belonged to nuclear families and the other 16 per cent belonged to joint families. When asked how they started begging as a mean of livelihood, 57 per cent said it were their parents and 10 per cent said that their grandfather started it.
The 17 per cent of the beggar girls said they had physical relationship experience while 15 per cent of admitted it was by their consent, 2 per cent said they went for it on the pretext of getting work. Another 3 per cent disclosed that they were forced, two of them were insulted by their relatives and one said her father sends her forcefully to customers.
Now, this is really a wake-up call for us. Pakistan an Islamic Republic is actually turning out to be addicted land of Alcohol and Sex. We must be serious in this matter , what is happening around us and we are having our eyes close.
Independent Judiciary in Doubt: Raymond Davis Released
Lahore: Raymond Davis was flown out of Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court, a US official said.
“Davis was released from Pakistani custody and is out of the country. There was no quid pro quo,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A court freed Davis after blood money was paid in accordance with sharia law, the Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.
“The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him (Davis),” Sanaullah told a private television.
“He has been released from jail. Now it is up to him. He can go wherever he wants,” he added.
Raja Irshad, a lawyer for the families of the two dead men, said a total of 200 million Pakistani rupees (2.35 million dollars) was paid as compensation. That was confirmed by public prosecutor Abdul Samad.
“The family members told the judge that there was no pressure on them to accept the compensation and they had signed the pardon documents voluntarily, independently and with due consideration,” Irshad said.
Police investigator Muneer Ahmed told JAGO NEWS, the deal had been done by “mutual agreement” and the court had received signed family statements before ordering Davis’ release.
Blood money, or “diyya” is a provision under Islamic sharia law in which compensation can be paid to relatives of those killed to secure a pardon, and is commonly used to resolve such cases in Pakistan.
The Davis case had sparked protests in Pakistan, with religious groups angrily denouncing the American who claimed he acted in self-defence to fend off an armed robbery when he shot dead the two men.
Bal Thakeray Will Decide For Pakistan to Play WC 2011 Final or Not : Indian Terror
Indian Extremist Party Shiv Sena Threatens Pakitan On World Cup 2011 Final: India calls the biggest democracy of world.
You should imagine that same like before, Indian extremist party Shiv Sena has once again threatened Pakistan cricket team. It is not the first time that Shiv Sena has threatened Pakistani cricket team. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi while talking to reporters here on Thursday said, “Bal Thackeray will decide whether to allow Pakistan team to play or not”.
The party has threatened that Pakistani team cannot play in Mumbai in the final of World Cup 2011 without the permission of Bal Thakeray.
“You all know Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s views. If the Pakistan team reaches the final, whether to allow them to play, the Sena chief will decide,” Joshi told reporters.
The final of the World Cup is scheduled to play in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011.
Same thing was happened in 1996 when Pakistan played quarterfinal against India in Bangalore. At those time Pakistan was under the pressure of same extremist party.
Certain Doubts on ICC After Decision of Amir , Asif and Butt
Yes , this is 21st Century where are all familiar with the concept global village . But , even today racism and taking advantage of position is possible. Where England takes advantage of his position against Pakistani cricketers without disclosing satisfactory evidence and statements.
How this is come to know that , mere piece of paper becomes more valuable for ICC and took quick actions against whole Pakistan team at that time. Still many doubts are taking place , while there is not a single solid evidence is disclosed.
DOHA: The ICC found three Pakistani players guilty of corruption on Saturday and banned each of them from cricket for at least five years in the sport’s biggest scandal of the past decade.
Salman Butt for 10 years , Asif for 7 years and Muhammad Amir for 5 years. By this decisions many doubts are pointing towards ICC , whether this decision is warning sign for even ICC existence.
Players have just 21 days to appeal in International Sports Council in Switzerland.
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