For women living in Pakistan, safety and security have always been a concern. Crimes against females including rape and abduction have been on a rise for many years. Recently an abduction case has made rounds on social media.
A girl named Dua Nisar Mangi was kidnapped at gunpoint by four armed men from a famous Dhaba ‘Chai Master’ in Karachi, DHA Bukhari Commercial Area on Saturday night, while her male friend named Haris, who accompanied her was shot at the incident.
Her friend Haris got shot trying to protect his friend Dua from getting abducted. Please pray for him. Happened in the vicinity of THQ, Bara Bukhari, Defence, Karachi today around 9pm.
Any leads or information, please direct to Laila Mangi on fb or @HasnainRahul
— Uswah F (@UswahFatima4) November 30, 2019
The news of the incident spread like wildfire and the family of the victim took to various social media platforms, pleading for help.
The incident incited shock and horror amongst people.
Is this Country even safe for women anymore? From children like zainab, jannat to teenagers like #DuaMangi and to even women who are raped in their graves! Where is humanity gone? Should we call such country a homeland? Home is where you’re safe, and tbh nobody’s safe here.
— Khadijaaa (@__deejavu) December 1, 2019
I swear I am still in a shock haven't been able to sleep properly because of the kidnapping case of Dua Mangi at chai master. Disturbing
— Pooja what is this behavior? (@Obaid_Atique) December 1, 2019
Have known Dua for more than 8 years, she's a great person, a great friend. News of her abduction is truly shocking and distressing. I'm worried sick for her. Please pray for her safe return.
— Sana Shaikh (@SannieBerry) December 1, 2019
However, more shocking than the incident was the mindset of some people who shamed the victim and blamed her for “inviting” this calamity upon herself.
Of course, people were quick to retaliate against this cruelty.
#DuaMangi – a young girl, got kidnapped & some people are saying that she "deserves" it because she wears sleeveless tops. Welcome to our desi society where the fingers will be always pointed towards the woman no matter what even if she's raped, kidnapped or harassed. Shameful!
— Salmaan (@SalmaanSabir) December 1, 2019
A girl is abducted & her friend is shot. But lets find out wht she ws wearing? Beghairat qaum tub kaha hotay ho jub chacho soye hue niece ko rape karkay maar deta hai, kabar mai mari hue aurat aur hospital mai paralyzed mareez ko nahe chortay. Janwar tak nahe choray. #DuaMangi
— Saadia Bakhtawar (@SaadiaBakhtawar) December 1, 2019
I wish your mother had a miscarriage instead of giving birth to a shit like you. A young girl, got kidnapped & some people are saying that she "deserves" it because she wears sleeveless. Shameful #DuaMangi pic.twitter.com/BnuilrCDXK
— Ahsan Ghori (@AhsanGhori3) December 2, 2019
#DuaMangi abducted. Haris Fatah gunshot trying to protect his friend Dua from getting kidnapped and here we're as a society that is blind to any crime and intolerant of any emotional pain. People may not realize the damage that they are doing by placing the blame on the victim.
— Krinza Momin (@Krinzahere) December 1, 2019
Mards need to quit blaming the victim #DuaMangi In a country where a paralyzed woman gets raped in an ICU, dead woman gets raped in her grave, clothing should not b made into an excuse.
Feminists mustn't use this as an opportunity to trash hijab..1 must try to protect themself.
— Ayesha Siddiqua (@AyeshaAgenda) December 2, 2019
This sickly mindset of victim-blaming is shameful and downright unfair. Often the society points the finger at the victim’s lifestyle and beliefs and burdens them with the weight of luring the crime onto themselves. These views show that there is much more wrong with society than just these criminals on the lose. It is this flawed mental makeup that needs to be cured first.
We pray for the speedy recovery of Dua from this turmoil and Haris’s better health.