Rehman Malik blame ‘Curry’ to be the reason of Juvenile Crime
There are some people in our government when they open their mouth, pearl of wisdom just spurred out everywhere and leaving everyone gasp in disbelief. Rehman Malik certainly is in Top-10 of that list and every now and then his causal witty takes on some serious issues upgrade his position to take him to the top. Last year when Karachi’s streets were flowing red due to political and ethnic violence, Rehman Malik who also holds honorary Master degree from University of Karachi, blame wives and girlfriend as one of the measure reason of such killings. He had again made headlines with his unappreciated genius insight.
In adherence to United Nations (UN) guidelines, Pakistan must amend its laws to raise minimum juvenile age for prosecutions from 7 years to 12. If Pakistan failed to so it will be subjected to international sanctions. But our esteemed interior minister, Rehman Malik, has term such actions as entirely useless. According to him, children grow faster in our country due to hot & humid climate and spicy foods such as “’curry,” and any such measures will only make children escape from prosecution.
The statements like these make you wonder, is it really his opinion or is it his way to deal such sensitive issue with “insensitive” humor. The bill that aimed not only to increase age of criminal liability in juvenile cases but also make child pornography, sexual abuse and child trafficking illegal for the very first time in Pakistan. And it is because of people like Rehman Malik, bill is pending for last three years. It is a fact that climate, dietary intake and habitat do play a vital role in the physical or mental growth of children and it varies from place to place. But not willing to consider the environment these children grow in and not doing sincere efforts to improve their living conditions is itself a crime.
Extreme poverty and lack of government interest in development expenditure in Pakistan’s tribal area provided Taliban opportunity to exploit children and their parents to become suicide bombers. Across Pakistan these children are also exposed to sexual abuse and trafficking due to lack of laws and political will.
According UNDP Pakistan’s 63% of population consist of people under age of 25 years (103.698 of 164.6 million, 2007 statistics); if the government has not diverted its attention to this largest segment of the population, this valuable asset will become Pakistan biggest liability.