Something quite unexpected has surfaced in the capital of Sindh. A situation that has called into question the very sanity of our police personnel in Karachi. It is a state of affairs threatening to shake the status quo.
Unbelievable isn’t it? That someone from the authorities has actually realized that it is not in any way, shape or form their business what the relationship is between an innocent man and woman just sitting in their car outside a juice stand to beat the heat that envelopes Karachi. Let’s be honest, we all know that one couple married or otherwise who have been harassed by police personnel with vilifying commentary, which they surprisingly deem to be their moral duty.
So there is no ‘moral threat’ the police are trying to curtail. The practice, in fact, fosters corruption, which honestly is far more harmful to the national fabric than any trivial outing a girl and a guy undertake alone.
No more, however, as in a notification issued yesterday, newly appointed Additional Inspector General of Police Amir Sheikh has strictly advised police not to harass people this way or strict action may be taken against the officer regarding whom the complaint is received. The notification letter according to Dawn was addressed to the Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG) South, West and East Zones Karachi, Javed Alam Odho, Khadim Hussain Rind and Amir Farooqui.
Just last month, in India, an inter-faith duo was publically humiliated by the police in a viral video, which showed a constable reprimanding a Hindu girl for allegedly being in a relationship with a Muslim boy. This is the sort of vigilantism that unchecked authority can produce. And. this misplaced moral duty isn’t just relevant to India but is very much alive in Pakistan as well.