Daily Archives: June 7, 2008

Rule of the mob

By Ishtiaq Ahmed

In the wake of viciously gruesome attacks recently by angry mobs on criminals — robbers and thieves — caught recently red-handed on the scene in Karachi and other parts of the country, Gallup Pakistan conducted an opinion survey on May 18 and 19, 2008, of a representative sample of 1,595 men and women chosen from the rural and urban areas of all the four provinces of Pakistan to elicit their views on such treatment of alleged culprits.

Fifty-two percent of the total respondents were of the opinion that beating to death and then burning the bodies of those robbers apprehended on the spot was the “right thing to do” while 42 percent disapproved of such brutal methods. I am pleasantly surprised by the large minority which expressed disapproval of such violent methods, but we all should worry that a majority were in favour of such methods. Continue reading

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