Dear Bisma, you will be forgotten and there will be more like you

Published: December 24, 2015

I am sorry you will not be able to see your parents' faces as they watch you walk for the first time. PHOTO: TWITTER

Dear Bisma,

Although there is much uproar as to how tragically you passed away yesterday, it is unfortunate that in a few days’ time, this case, like every other, will be dusted under the carpet and forgotten as a new Bisma will come into being. It never stops.

I hope wherever you are, there is justice. I am glad you do not have to grow up knowing that the lives of us citizens are not as important as security protocols. I am glad that you are not subjected to the violence you may have faced like more than three-fourths of our women do, or that you will never know what it feels like to go hungry or feel like you are fainting without basic necessities such as electricity and water in the heat.

You will not be robbed; you will not shake each time you stand alone at a bus stand, because really, anything can happen. You will not walk on the same ground that has soaked up so much blood, nor will you have to piece back your life when it is shaken by a bomb blast. Heaven may be your best chance at education, because here, it is taboo to go to school, especially for girls.

But I am sorry. I am sorry you will not be able to see your parents’ faces as they watch you take your first step, or the tired face of your father when he comes back home each day trying to earn enough for your school fees. I apologise that you cannot climb into your mother’s arms after a hard day, because Bisma, she loves you so much. There will not be any secret treats slipped to you by your family, no whispered gossip to your friends. You will not know how it feels to wear lipstick for the first time, to watch Karachi’s sunsets, to sit at the beach and feel the sand. You do not know how this city lights up, or how the world will one day look at Pakistan and salute.

Bisma, you’re gone, and I do not know how your family will cope, or how you would have affected this world. But Bilawal Bhutto passed safely and he will find a loophole out of the inquiry.

Do not let him. Ask God, please, to give our people strength. To those who can read behind a screen, bring others out onto the streets and do not let the killers of our children get away. We cannot lose any more Bismas, we simply cannot afford for any more lives to be lost.

How much more can this land take? Have mercy, please.

Love,

A Pakistani girl

Inseya Ali

Inseya Ali

An aspiring journalist with a level of patriotism not found in most 15-years-old.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Parvez

    In a country where the Rule of Law is selectively applied, one for the rich and powerful and another for the poor and weak, then yes, we will keep seeing many more tragic cases like BIsma.Recommend

  • Parvez Mohaimen

    Do they care of any Bismah or someone like her? The comments given by these PPP leaders on some channels are disgusting where they showed how cruel minded they have become in blind support of the prince who just will become king because his mother was a queen. Still you call it a democracy. Shame on those who support these would be kings.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq

    Nothing will happen of this country and its people; They are dead sheep, just waiting to be slaughtered by these so-called elite politicians.
    WHEN will the people of Pakistan wake up from their slumber and teach a lesson to these same people, who are elected time and again to protect the country and its citizens but they only rob the country of its resources and when their term in office is over, merely make up a medical excuse or that their lives are in danger excuse and either settle in the Middle East (like Zardari) or make abode in the West (like Nawaz).
    Wake up and seriously beat the hell out of the police/bureaucrats/politicians.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Great article. From the Land of the Sheep. Foreboding. God will
    not send down ‘Farishtas’ to help you all. Need to stand up for
    your rights if you have any. Normally sheep don’t have any.Recommend

  • Ishan Arora

    Were this to happen in India , there would have been a volcanic media storm by now.Recommend

  • Waseem Ahmad

    Emotional Overseas Pakistan Speak against VIP Culture in Pakistan – Bisma Death http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3jh6pn_bisma-the-death-of-a-toddler-and-shameful-vip-culture-in-pakistan_newRecommend

  • Patwari

    Nothing bad happens in India. That’s why 53% are starving,
    67% have no toilets. And India is known as the Rape Capital
    of the World.Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    Really? What will media storm do other than more advertisement revenue!Recommend

  • Sane

    I salute your media they always find a volcano from a spark. If nothing even, then also make a story maddening whole Indians. They are masters of making concocted and sensational story out of nothing.

    By the away have your media started roaring about another rape of a 14 years girl by your brave Indian Army Soldiers in the train Amritsar Express in Jharkhand.Recommend

  • Ishan Arora

    Yes this issue is being raised.Further sorry for belittling your media which do nothing other than ranting India and ModiRecommend

  • Ishan Arora

    So you want a share of revenues.Media is a check to such VIP culture.Recommend

  • Ishan Arora

    You can also rant about us as I am ranting about you.Recommend