18 women die (unjustified) in Karachi….

As I type this, conflicting news about the number of people dead in Karachi is coming in to us. I have actually been prompted to write because of this news item.

I started writing on this topic earlier, at the start of the holy month of “Ramadan” and then I never completed it thinking that it has been said and talked about too long.. and just words can never do justice to the problem at hand. But when a problem causes 18 women (disputed number of death) to die, it becomes an issue worth speaking out about..

As soon as Ramadan approaches, you can bet your life that you would see the same old story running across every channel, desperate to sensationalize any piece of information that they can get their hand on. It is always the same drama with never any work done by the authorities or the media to stop this trend.

Right before Ramadan the authorities would say that the essentials of food would be within the reasonable price bracket so that the “awam” (people) don’t have to go through any trouble. And the same year the same story repeats itself with the crowd crying in front of any tv camera that they can find and repeating their mournful story about how the besan, cheeni, oil and all other stuff is beyond reach.

Like every other year, this Ramadan too, was no exception. We saw the usual hike in prices of food items, including Sugar, Floor, Oil, Fruits and vegetables, grams, rice.. just to name a few among a long list of items that more than half of the population of Pakistan can’t afford in the month of “Blessing”.

And therefore in the desperate attempt to get food ration that was being distributed at Kohri Garden, a locality at Karachi almost 18 women lost their lives.

We don’t have the exact scenario, but we can imagine what must have happened.. women lining up for food.. sometimes being a women in this country has its advantages…the desperate struggle to get some food items for your family, and in that struggle a riot must have been created.. resulting in this lose of life in the holy month of Ramadan…

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