The Murder Of 8-Year-Old Zainab Ansari: Will She Remain Just Another Victim?

Khabron mein kyu tasveer masum Zainab ki hai
Kachre mein jo laash mili, woh hum sab ki hai

(Why does the new carry pictures of innocent Zainab
The corpse we found amidst the garbage is all of ours)

Each and every person on this earth has been killed once again. Our dignity has been snatched once again. This time, it is an eight-year-old innocent girl from Pakistan, Zainab Ansari. She was allegedly kidnapped, horrifically raped and brutally murdered. Her corpse was discovered near a heap of garbage. This was the 12th such case reported from Kasur over the years, the area where this heinous incident took place. And according to the postmortem reports, the DNA found on the victim was similar to previous other victims.

It is extremely shameful that the police have not been able to arrest the culprit yet. But this is just another case and as usual, protests are being held, candle marches are being organised, talks and debates are taking place and the issue is getting huge media coverage. But has the problem been solved? Absolutely not.

Every time such an incident occurs, voices are raised against rape and molestation but after some time, the extreme pain the victim underwent is forgotten and things go back to normal. And then there appears another rapist who ruins the life of another Zainab.

We all have so many questions on our minds: When will these people get punished? When will this come to a halt? When will girls get a chance to live their lives without fear? When will the sick mentality of people change? There are an uncountable number of questions but nobody has answers. Where should we find the solution to all such problems?

Every time I come across any such news, my heart sinks to the bottom. I don’t want to sympathise or feel pity because such emotions are not sufficient for this kind of excessive suffering. Being a girl, I try to feel the agony but even in my dreams, I can’t imagine it. But of course, such cases work perfectly in haunting and disheartening thousands of girls like me. I feel ashamed that I am a part of such a brutal world, and I feel guilty that I am unable to do anything. 

Who is responsible for these cruel rapes and abductions? Some people are of the view that women are to be blamed for such incidents because according to these people, short dresses worn by women provoke men into committing sexual abuse. They believe that girls should not go out at night. How cheap is the mentality of these sick people! Such narrow-minded people have no right to lift their heads up when they can’t provide a safe environment to women.

It was neither the fault of little Zainab, nor the fault of Nirbhaya. The monsters who keep their devilish eyes on women are the real culprits. And a share of the blame falls on the common masses, who awake only after the occurrence of such an incident.

We always have been waiting for law and order to bring about justice. We look up to the people in high positions to make justified decisions. But everything seems to be in vain. Perhaps now, these people who commit such acts should be handed over to the public and then we can watch the outcome. These people deserve a hell worse than death – perhaps only then will such shameful incidents cease to occur as no one will dare to commit such an act again.

If you are a survivor, parent or guardian who wants to seek help for child sexual abuse, or know someone who might, you can dial 1098 for CHILDLINE (a 24-hour national helpline) or email them at dial1098@childlineindia.org.in. You can also call NGO Arpan on their helpline 091-98190-86444, for counselling support.