When the world was celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, a shocking report emerged from Pakistan. A Pakistani man named Shahzeb Khan pumped four bullets into the body of his 7-day-old daughter killing the infant, allegedly because he wanted a male child. The baby had been lovingly named Jannat (heaven) by her grandparents. The incident took place on March 6 in Nurpur Mohalla of Mianwali, Punjab.
As per local police, Khan stormed into the house, pulled out a gun, snatched the infant from his wife’s arms and shot her. He immediately fled the spot after committing this inhuman act.
The child was rushed to the DHQ Hospital but she couldn’t be saved; the doctors pronounced her dead on arrival. The autopsy performed on Jannat established that four bullets pumped into the newborn had killed her.
Police have lodged a murder case against Shahzeb Khan on the complaint of Hidayatullah, who is Jannat’s maternal uncle and have initiated an investigation. While speaking to Pakistani new outlet Dawn, complainant Hidayatullah shared that the accused, who was also his cousin, was ‘disturbed’ over the birth of Jannat, a girl. The maternal grandfather Nasrullah Khan, who has also become a plaintiff in the case said, “We will never forgive our son-in-law at any cost. We will punish him severely.”
Nasrullah also informed the police that his son-in-law had murdered the child as he was not able to accept his wife birthing a girl child and not a boy. Desperate for a male child, the accused has reportedly received his basic education from a ‘good’ school. However, he was more influenced by the Islamist social norms of Pakistani society and considered it “a great humiliation” to be a parent of a girl child.
This is not a standalone case of female infanticide in Pakistan. The country has seen several such monstrous crimes in the recent past. In June last year, Asghar, a man from Mohallah Mubarakpura abducted and killed his 15-day-old niece Dua Fatima because he believed that the child would bring bad luck to his family.
Dua had first gone missing from her cradle and her body was located lying in a sewerage channel near her house. Asghar was detained by cops on suspicion and confessed to the crime on the probe.
Often heard complaining about alleged ‘Brahminical patriarchy’ and ‘toxic masculinity’ in Bharatiya society, especially in Hindu households, the left-liberal-Islamist cabal of this part of the world has gone silent on these atrocious crimes being reported regularly from Pakistan.
The Wire “journalist” and acclaimed Islamist Arfa Khanum Sherwani was ruing the patriarchy in Bharatiya society on March 8. She whined that we have only one day for women and the rest for patriarchy. We would expect such self-proclaimed feminist personalities to highlight the dangers that Muslim women face in both Bharat and our neighbouring Islamic countries. The selective silence has become deafening now.