Pakistani celebrities demand justice for Zohra Shah
Pakistani actor Osman Khalid But has called for the implementation of child labour laws in Pakistan after an eight year old girl was beaten to death in Rawalpindi for freeing a caged bird.
The eight-year-old who was beaten to death by her employers for accidentally releasing caged birds, had bruises and semi-healed wounds on her body, meaning that she was often beaten up and there was also evidence of child abuse. The perpetrators have been arrested.
The incident stirred a debate on Twitter on Wednesday where many people, including celebrities, demanded justice for the child.
Talking about the case, Butt said that he wanted to make sure that we never see a case like Zohra Shah again.
“If we want change beyond #JusticeForZohraShah, we need to raise our collective voice to amend our child labour laws,” he said, compete with links to understand our country’s laws regarding the matter.
If we want change beyond #JusticeforZohra, we need to raise our collective voice to amend our child labor laws.— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 3, 2020
But first: what are they?
Pakistan Employment of Children Act:https://t.co/Qp4ZleTuB0
Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act:https://t.co/9EHmzjtbiA
Following his tweets, he urged people to educate themselves on child labour laws and to contribute to causes fighting for the rights of children.
Shireen Mazari has, earlier tonight, tweeted that the MOHR is proposing an amendment to the Employment of Children Act to include domestic labor.— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 3, 2020
This 𝘩𝘢𝘴 to be followed up and seen through.
And not just in that Act, this must be adopted universally in all provinces.
“We cannot have another case like Zohra Shah. We cannot allow for our outrage to fade till our laws are amended to protect the rights of children, sans any loophole,” said Butt.
Child labor is child abuse.— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 3, 2020
We 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 have another case like Zohra Shah. We cannot allow for our outrage to fade till our laws are amended to protect the rights of children, sans any loophole.
Now, as to what we can do as individuals:— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 3, 2020
Do not employ children as domestic help.
Speak out if members of your family/friends 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦. There is a lot of literature on the negative physical & psychosocial impact of child labor.
Use that knowledge to help them understand.
Earlier, Pakistani actors like Mahira Khan, Armeena Khan, Shaniera Akram and many took to social media to condemn the act.
Mahira Khan shared took to twitter called the perpetrators as “demons”. “The demons walk freely among us,” she said.
The demons walk freely among us.. https://t.co/3MJ1twbhyn— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 3, 2020
Shaniera Akram callout all the people who hired domestic staff under the age of reminded everyone that child labour was against the law. 14. “Anyone who has a person working for them in their house who is under the age of 14, and I don’t care if they are your longtime staff members, son or daughter who’s living with you, you are breaking the law.”
ANYONE who has a person working for them in their house who is under the age of 14, & I don’t care if they are your longtime staff members son or daughter whos living with you, you are breaking the law.If you really want to look after that child then send them to school not work!— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) June 3, 2020
Actor Armeena Khan also took to twitter and shared a sketch of a girl freeing a bird from its cage with the caption “RIP Zohra Shah. #JusticeForZohraShah”.