Child abuse is an evil that exists worldwide, however, the cases reported are nothing compared to the real numbers. In January 2018, Zainab was raped and murdered in Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan.
The incident received international attention for highlighting brutality against children. Pakistani activists and prominent actors alongside journalists came out in support of justice for Zainab. The public vowed to find Zainab’s killer.
A local Pakistani channel, recently announced that it would be airing a television film, Zainab Ke Qaatil (Zainab’s Murderers) based on the brutal happenings of the case.
Sources say that it is a film that depicts the exact events as they followed which resulted in Zainab’s murder.
It is also said to highlight ‘society’s negligence’ according to sources, that lead to Zainab’s abuse and tragic death. It is aimed to give ‘awareness to parents’, how they can protect their children and save them from pedophiles.
Zainab Kay Qatil is penned by well-known writer Umera Ahmed, who also developed Qandeel Baloch’s tragic story for drama serial, Baaghi. Zainab’s rape and murder is an incident even more sensitive than Qandeel’s life and death and so one hopes that the tele-film will handle it with care. Let’s hope Umera Ahmed can do justice to Zainab’s tragic story and create awareness around the issue of pedophilia, which is on a dangerous rise in Pakistan.