This Story Is Not for the Faint-Hearted.

BY RAFIA ZAKARIA
Oct 26, 2010

Two teenage boys lynched to death and then hung upside-down in public. Just what does this say about the state of Pakistan?

When mob justice rears its ugly head, it signifies in its cruelty not simply the death of humanity and empathy, but the abandonment of justice to a belief that the weak are in fact evil and killing them, either by design or inaction, that it is not a crime but an act of survival.

While the maimed and beaten bodies of other victims may not be captured on camera and fail to garner the outcry invoked by the Sialkot lynching, they are nevertheless occurring everyday and in every neighbourhood.

 

This post was originally published on Mohammed Abbasi in August 2010.