Years after the Zainab rape and murder case shook the nation, there was much soul-searching about why Pakistan has failed its children. Today, the Zainab Alert Bill has finally been integrated into formal legislation. This law wants to ensure that we never get to see a case like Zainab and Marwah again. Sexual harassment against children has been outlawed.
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister (SAPM), Asad Umar shared the news on Twitter.
Asad Umar tweeted that Zainab’s father was the first to be informed as this landmark law was passed. The heartbroken father was assured that this law would be properly implemented in order to protect everyone’s little girls.
“Zainab Amin, in whose name I introduced the ‘Zainab Alert Bill’ in the (National) Assembly, has become law today, … Her father was assured that all steps would be taken to fully enforce the Zainab Alert Act to protect the daughters of the nation.”
زینب امین، جس کے نام پر میں نے زینب الرٹ بل اسمبلی میں پیش کیا، جو آج قانون بن چکا ہے، ان کے والد نے آج مجھے ایک نئی کتاب غم زینب پیش کی . ان کو یقین دہانی کرائی ہے کے زینب الرٹ قانون کو پوری طرح نافذ کرنے کے تمام اقدامات کئے جائیں گے تاکہ قوم کی بچیوں کو تحفظ فراہم کیا جائے pic.twitter.com/O3rreu9C1Q
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) September 16, 2020
Amin Ansari, Zainab’s father gave the SAPM a book titled ‘Ghum-e-Zainab‘ (the Sorrow of Zainab).
“Her father presented me a new book Ghum-e-Zainab today.”
The book essays the heartbreak Amin Ansari experienced due to the loss of his daughter to such a violent crime. He also discusses the rampant incidents of violence against women, the presence of child pornography rings in Pakistan, and various issues.
In an interview with a television channel, Amin Ansari suggested creating a DNA database of all offenders and suspects to make crime-solving more efficient and faster in the future. His stance on capital punishment for such crimes still stands.
Meanwhile, an app has also been introduced to help find missing children.
— ZainabAlert (@ZainabAlerts) July 11, 2020
What are netizens saying about the Zainab Alert bill?
While this is a positive step towards the protection of female citizens of the state, netizens pointed out Pakistan still has a long way to go. Plenty of criminal activity is still socially swept under the rug.
پولیس والوں نے اس خاتون کو مشورہ دیا اگر کسی کو دنیا میں سزا دی جائے تو وہ آخرت میں سزا سے بچ جاتا ہے اس لئے وہ خاتون اپنے شوہر کو سزا مت دلائے تاکہ آخرت میں اس کا کڑا احتساب ہو اور اللہ کے حضور اسے سخت سزا ملے معزز جج بھی ایسے واقعات میں صلح ہونے کے بعد مجرموں کو رہا کر دیتے ہیں pic.twitter.com/NIXhFDtEdX
— Aamir Ghazanfar (@AamirGhazanfarS) September 16, 2020
Conviction rate is only 3%
Don’t make us fool
Explain what u are doing for conviction
Reforms on these issues??
Police, technology, lawyers and judges
U are not doing anything on this
— Butt 🇩🇪 (@HerrButt) September 16, 2020
With the recent cases involving Marwah, and another little girl Saira, the authorities need to get their act together.
— Saliha Nasir (@SalihaNasir01) September 16, 2020
Police on the scene?
Security cams nearby?
— Zohair Nanjiani (@znanjiani) September 9, 2020
Not to mention the Motorway rape case and how the police resorted to victim-shaming.
— ZainabAlert (@SZMughal3) September 12, 2020
Do you think this legislation will successfully reduce the rise in incidents of rape in Pakistan? What do you think the criminal justice system needs to improve to overcome this issue?