This was originally intended to be a comment, but I thought I might as well post it here.
An area popular for the manufacturing of cricket bats and other cricket paraphernalia has recently displayed a vicious fervour for flaunting their bat swinging skills in the form of bludgeoning innocent people to death. I am of course talking about the recent double murder that occurred earlier during the week. Apparently the two brothers were suspected of being thieves and this was enough for a large crowd to accumulate and rain down blows on these two ‘robbers’ until they were dead.
If someone in any other part of the world was suspected of being a thief, it’s people would do what any group of civilised people would do: call the police, not procure an armament of sticks and stones to batter two children with and then proceed to bind them upside down in the town square; taking pride in their achievement. A trophy kill.
The accompanying video(s) of the incident (which could only be filmed by someone subhuman) is some of the most chilling footage one can ever see. The people hammering down a fusillade of blows to the blood drenched humanoid figures on the floor (arms raised in defense) land each blow with pure vigour. Intense expressions on their faces. Not even a shadow of a doubt that what they are doing is wrong, and that ladies and gentlemen, is the saddest part.
Oh wait, no it isn’t. The saddest part would be the large police presence, standing about looking at the fireworks display. They probably went home and sat down to a well cooked iftar, munching on pikoray and downing rooh afzah. Not a care in the world.
I don’t really know where this neanderthalesque behaviour originates from but I can take a fair guess in saying shake these things about in a can and you’ll come up with the answer: Poverty, religion, illiteracy, lack of confidence in the authorities, stupidity, mob culture.
I still don’t know what the actual story is, I’d really like to know what exactly happened that day. Would such a large crowd accumulate to beat two suspected robbers to death with such conviction without any sort of proof of their crime? I wouldn’t think so. Maybe I’m being naive. It is Pakistan after all.