It is a decade old incident but it still bring tears in the eyes of Zahra’s elder sister.It was a tradition in Miawali(a village in Pakistan) to fix the wedding of a girl as soon as she was given birth.Usually the age gap between the husband and the wife used to be more than twnty to thirty years.No girl ever complained about it because they knew they will be placed in problem if they argue with their elders and will become notorious in the society.
Such was not the case with Zahra.She was different from all the other girls of the village.She dreamt of visiting big cities she has read in stories and she wanted to acquire education.In Miawali the girls education was only till 5th grade.After she passed grade 5 with first position ,she asled her parents to take her to city for completing her education.But to her surprise she was told that soon she was going to get married and stop stop dreaming.
After few days a man about 50 years old came to her their house.Zahra was told to behave well and bring a cup of tea for the man. She did as ordered.The man kept starring at her with his eyes as big as owls as she served him the coffee.Zahra became nervous and ran into her sister’s room.She was told by her sister that this man was her about to be husband.Zahra could not accept this brutality and refused to marry him.
Her entire family thought that books have brainwashed her.Worse still the whole neighbourhood critised the family for breaking the tradition and for raising an ill-mannered daughter.The man(her about to be husband) could not tolerate someone so small as Zahra rejecting him.He became furious and threw acid on her face.
All her dreams were shattered.An innocent girl of just eleven had her face spoiled.She used to scream each time she saw her face in the mirror.her life was ruined.She knew that she was a shame to her family and so she committed suicide.
This was a tragic end to the story of an innocent girl.Didnt she has the right to study and fulfill her dreams.the man who did this horrendous act was never convicted.There are hundreds of similar stories each year but nothing is done to stop this.The question is: Why is the acid so easily available in the shop? And why doesn’t the government take any action against such people?
We have to widern the horizons of the villagers before any other girl experiences injustice like Zahra.