Friday, July 01, 2005

Justice above prejudice

‘Justice above prejudice’

Published in Dawn on July 1, 2005

I WAS puzzled by some of the comments made by Mr Kunwar Idris in his column ‘Justice above prejudice’ (June 26). I think he got carried away a bit when he quoted a couple of Punjabi folk expressions to prove that a crime like gang-rape is not possible in conservative, rural Punjab.

The facts belie such romantic folklore. According to the HRCP’s report, 670 cases of rape were reported in the first 10 months of 2004, out of which 350 were gang-rapes. A majority of these happened in rural Punjab and the ‘walled cities’.

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