Social media has been abuzz with an alleged rape case of a 15 year old girl. The girl’s mother took to social media to appeal to the masses for help, as the police was not listening to her.
Samreen Asif, the mother, accused a man named Raza Bughti of raping her daughter, who is only 15. She urged the police to help her. An FIR was also lodged by Samreen in the Jauhar police station. However, the police released the accused after one night. She goes on to say that the accused, Raza Bughti, is a powerful man and may have links with the higher authorities, while she comes from a less privileged background.
She also accused the police of not properly issuing the FIR and of not conducting a medical examination, which is protocol in rape allegation cases.
The video has since gained traction, especially within Karachi. Popular activists, like Jibran Nasir, took notice of this which helped it go viral. Then rumours started to spread about another FIR being registered thanks to the intervention of Faisal Vawda.
Soon after the video went viral, “leaked” videos and screenshots of conversations with the mother and the alleged rapist were spread all over social media. We are not going to post the pictures and videos, but if you want to see just go online.
One publication even thought it was a good idea to release a story that paints the mother in an awful light. Here’s a link down below to show you exactly what NOT to do when reporting on issues like rape.
These videos and images have turned social media against the mother, with many villianizing her for her behavior. Many have either accused the mother of making this up, or that the mother has put her daughter in harms way.
After a couple of hours of radio silence, Jibran Nasir came and gave the world an update on the whole situation. Through twitter, the activist revealed that a medical examination had been performed on the young girl, and confirms the 15 year old was raped/penetrated.
He also reminded everyone to stop attacking the mother, because of which the daughter may not get justice. In another tweet, he posted a video with Ms. Mirza, a women’s rights activist and social worker, to give a detailed account of everything
It’s a pretty long video, so here is everything that was said in it; Jibran urged people not to be part of the character assassination attempt on the mother, as it shall traumatize the young girl even more.
He reiterated that the young girl went through a medical examination, which shown signs of penetration. Given she is a young girl who technically cannot give consent; its rape. Jibran goes to call the people who are taking part in character assassination; reminding everyone that you do not have to be the most pious to get justice. Just because someone isn’t as “moral” as you, does not mean they are not to be believed. Ms. Mirza was saddened that society stays silent when a girl is raped, but speak up to judge the character of the mother.
Ms. Mirza went on to say that before jumping to conclusions, do not let the young girl suffer because of whatever her mother’s s perceived “crime” is. She urged everyone to stand with the young girl.
Jibran then added that after the videos and screenshots went viral, the young girl was mocked and villainized by her peers. He went to say that the police showed their incompetence; as it took pressure from social media from them to act properly. As a result, finding DNA might be a little more difficult now.
Jibran also called out a certain famous social media star, without giving names. He said this individual apparently approach Samreen Asif to help settle the problem between her and her rapist.
He ended the video by reminding everyone that the mother’s relation with the man does not matter; standing up for child rape survivors is what matters.
Now this is a developing story, and such will have updates as we go along.
An individual’s “moral” character cannot be enough to justify not punishing the rapist. You shouldn’t have to be a “morally right” individual to get justice for you or your loved ones. Our response to a an alleged crime being committed should not be doubt the claim. Or to start to examine their honour to see if they are truthful. The reason for this is that is allows a space for alleged rapists to discredit their victims experience; getting away with the crime as a whole then.
And in a place like Pakistan, it isn’t that hard to do.
In March, we saw this happen with Asma Aziz, who accused her husband of beating her and shaving her head for refusing to dance for him and his friends. She, like Samreen, sent out a video urging someone to help her as the police was refusing to do anything. After video went viral, another video did too. This time a video of Asma dancing. This caused some to doubt Asma’s initial claims, showing to us how society perceives a women’s character; through her body. After social media pressure, the husband and his friend were arrested and are currently awaiting trial.
Only time will tell if what happens, as this case is a developing story. Just remember, it involves a young girl who was raped. This is a serious issue, and you cannot take it lightly.