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Lahore domestic worker murder case: How shameless have we become?

SAMAA TV's Amber Shamsi highlights the concerning issue of child labour in Pakistan

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Jan 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Two people – a woman and her daughter – were arrested on Monday in the murder of a 16-year-old domestic worker in Lahore.

According to the police, the women killed the minor domestic worker – Uzma — on January 18 in Iqbal Town and dumped her body in a nearby drain.

The woman got angry at the young woman when she ate a bite of food from her daughter’s plate. In her anger, she hit Uzma on the head with a steel dish multiple times and killed her.

The incident came to light at first on social media, after which the media caught on and then the higher authorities.

Amber Shamsi, the host of SAMAA TV’s programme Sawaal comments on how cases of violence against domestic workers are usually ignored and mainly only highlighted on social media.

Related: Woman beats 16-year-old domestic worker to death in Lahore for eating from her daughter’s plate: police

She said it is common to find minors employed in Pakistani households as domestic workers. They are often scolded on tiny issues and beaten up, said Shamsi.

“You will find children picking up your child’s school bag and carrying it till the car,” she said, adding that these children are deprived of education.

Shamsi questions the rampant rise in child labour across the country and asks the public to consider where they are going wrong on an individual level.

“These children also have the same innocent wishes as your own children,” she tells parents.
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  1. Mary  January 30, 2019 6:11 am/ Reply

    The mother should think that the domestic worker is like a person who is part of family helping her if in need and treat all humans equal poor or rich then God will treat you the same with good things showered unto you,God did not create people different only status is separating humans learn to think like a her with no education and no money, earning a living to make her family have food on table

  2. Syed Waqar Hussain naqvi  January 30, 2019 1:03 pm/ Reply

    It is a great shame for me that I am part of this horrid society. We as society has become shameless.

  3. Z  January 30, 2019 1:25 pm/ Reply

    Beat these women like they beat that innocent girl and punish them severly so that all other people get a good lesson

  4. Zach  January 30, 2019 9:12 pm/ Reply

    Indeed a shameful act ! This goes to show you the evil mindset that governs our people. Sad so very sad!!

  5. Khawar Mahmood  January 30, 2019 10:17 pm/ Reply

    Shame for all of us.

  6. Shakeel Ahmad Indiana USA  February 1, 2019 2:41 am/ Reply

    You can punish one but there are hundreds that thousands others which are suffering same abuse right now probably in the same neighborhoods where little Uzma got murdered. It is the system that elites have created where there is no dignity for humans. You need to break the system either by example (public hangings) or by creating environment of empathy which has gone missing in a nation which prouds itself as Muslim nation.The Law and enforcement for all will only bring justice and equality. May Allah help us and Pakistan.

  7. Anonymous  February 1, 2019 12:41 pm/ Reply

    It is high time to realize that the current system has failed us in all ways, right onto our faces. As someone with morality and logic, the only way that can serve to prevent any more horrid incidents related to violence against domestic workers is to hang the culprits publicly. If they couldn’t be sympathetic to those in need, they don’t deserve it neither; showing them what they did a while back for them to reflect upon their grave sins. No need of those long court sessions where the verdict would be in the favor of the perpetrators, a direct action in this case is absolutely justifiable.

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