My name is Samawia, I was born into the wrong family, in the wrong place


This is my picture.

Do you remember me?

My name is Samawia. I am two-and-a-half-year-old.

Do you recognize this name?

Samawia (or Samavia) is an Arabic name which means ‘from heaven’.

I was born in Tajpura. Do you know where it is located?

Do you know where I am now?

I am back in heaven.

A few days ago, I was killed by a sick human looking creature.

I was abducted, raped, killed [AND IGNORED].

The bag which was used to dump my body also carried my toys.

Did you do anything for me? Anything to protest my murder? Anything to protect millions of vulnerable children such as myself in Pakistani society?

Did you care to know if my killer was arrested? Did you shed a few tears? Did you care at all?


Four days ago, I read the following news item in the Express Tribune. The news item was ignored by most newspapers in Pakistan; but they were not the only one to ignore it.

A commentator (Haris Chaudhry at the ET website) legitimately asks: Where is the raging, frowning, chanting clergy now? They were there in their thousands on the remote suspicion of President granting pardon to a blasphemy accused. Sickening characters from top to bottom. Land of hypocrites and bigots.

May I add the following to Mr Chaudhry’s comment: Where is the civil society? Where are our social activists, journalists and bloggers?

Then I realize why did not Samawia deserve much respect and attention.

She was born into the wrong family, in the wrong place.

نہ مدعی نہ شہادت حساب پاک ہوا
یہ خون خاک نشیناں تھا رزق خاک ہوا

Here is the original news item:

A toddler’s tragic tale: Abducted, raped, killed [AND IGNORED]

December 16, 2010

Gujranwala: A medical report has proven that two-and-a-half-year-old Samawia, who was abducted and later killed in the Gurjakh Police precincts, had been raped.

The police have issued photographs of the main accused and also announced a reward of Rs100,000 for the anyone who helps in apprehending the accused. The Gujranwala Regional Police Officer (RPO) Tariq Yasin said that names of those who helped the police make the arrest would be kept secret. Samawia was abducted by a neighbour, Rahim, who later killed her and dumped her body in a trash bin.

The RPO issued orders for the arrest of the Gurjakh police station house officer (SHO) in this regard and Samawia’s blood samples were sent to lab for a medical test. A medical report proved that the child was raped and killed 55 hours ago. Samawia’s grandfather, Irshad Butt, told reporters that it seemed that Samawia died from the abuse.

The bag which was used to dump Samawia’s body also carried the child’s toys.

Over suspicion, the police have also arrested a private school owner, Dr Naseer, and a neighbour, Zafar Iqbal Cheema, who used to play with Samawia often.

On the application of the complainant Sajjad Butt SHO Haji Nabi Ahmed has also be transferred and Mudassar Butt will serve as the new SHO for the station.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2010.

Tears in Heaven for ‘From Heaven’.

17 responses to “My name is Samawia, I was born into the wrong family, in the wrong place”

  1. Here is yet another news item from yesterday’s newspaper, once again wrong family, wrong place:

    Another minor raped
    December 20, 2010

    UCH SHAREEF: Unidentified men raped a four-year-old girl in the village of Haider Pur in Uch Shareef in Southern Punjab.

    The minor girl was kidnapped while she was playing in front of her house. The rapists later threw her in front of a Rural Health Centre and fled. The police earlier refused to lodge a case and allegedly demanded money from the girl’s father, but later registered an FIR against unidentified persons.

    The girl’s father has requested Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the incident and order investigation into this case.

    The four year old is still in critical condition, and medical reports have confirmed that she was raped.
    There have been reports of rape of minors in the recent past. Last week, The Express Tribune reported the tragic tale of two-and-a-half-year-old Samawia, who was abducted, raped and killed in Gujranwala. The police announced a reward of Rs100,000 for anyone who helps in apprehending the accused.

  2. Very true.It is no doubt a land of hypocrites and biogts,sickening characters from top to bottom.

  3. Farq saaf zaahir hai

    Zardari takes notice of Karachi girl mishap

    Updated at: 0828 PST, Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, taking strict notice of gang rape of a girl in Karachi, has ordered the concerned authorities to investigate into incident, Geo News reported.

    President spokesman told Geo News that president Zardari, all the same, has also ordered submission of a complete report on the mishap.

    Deploring with strong words, the president vowed that PPP government would do whatever it takes in getting women due rights in society, adding that PPP is the sole government, which has taken many steps for legislation of women protection laws.

    “PPP believes in getting women respect in society and this reflects our manifesto,” President claimed.

  4. A good thing to do. But why was no such action taken for Samawia? Why does the civil society remain class-, urban- and media-centric?


    From Facebook

    Friday, December 24 · 2:30pm – 11:00pm

    Location At 2 Talwar Clifton, Karachi on Friday, 2:30 pm

    More Info The girl was kidnapped and raped by many guys for 6 hours,,,,,,, THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE AN ACTION ON THIS BECAUSE WE ALL ARE NOT SAFE IN THIS CITY.
    for this we are organising a protest for that girl who want justice………

  5. Three-year-old girl found dead in Gujranwala

    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    By our correspondent

    GUJRANWALA: A three-year-old girl, who went missing from her house at Tajpur three days ago, was found dead on Saturday. Her body was recovered from a bag lying on a heap of garbage.

    Relatives of minor Samavia, daughter of Sajjad Butt, staged a protest demonstration against the police at Garjakh on Saturday. They also blocked traffic at Nawab Chowk for quite some time.

    Sajjad Butt had lodged a complaint with the Garjakh police fearing that some Afghans living in his mohallah had kidnapped his daughter. However, the police allegedly took no action to recover the girl or arrest any suspect.

    Meanwhile, DIG Tariq Masood suspended Garjakh SHO Mian Abdul Jabbar on the charge of negligence. He had been suspended thrice on various charges during the last few months.

  6. Now where are mullas who justify practise of burka by saying it prevents women from getting raped .. In our society kids also get raped so should they also start wearing burkas to prevent themselves from getting raped?

    sick society

  7. Comments from Facebook on the Post

    -OMG! She was raped and only 2 and a half! God! What is going on in this world???

    -This part of the world is called Pakistan, the fort of Islam, the one and only Islamic republic with Nuclear tools. The land of crazy people wanna blow themselves and kill others along, to get seventy plus women to satisfy the rewarded power of almost forty men.

    -Lust!! everywhere in Mulla’s eyes and into the bombers mind

    ‎-@Sheen Alif, This isn’t necessarily all about our afflicted society, even the most prosperous and civilized commonalities are victim of this abhorrence.

    -It’s another face of hypocrisy, to compensate crimes of yours with those of others.
    It will not work, as they didn’t claim to be the pious and pures. And how can we compare us with others who have the audacity to admit to their faults and t…o punish the culprits.See more

    -I was referring to that sickening aspect of human instinct that is still conserved, even at this much nourished point of evolution.
    Otherwise, on our bigoted state of minds, I stand on same grounds with you.

  8. Nafs Kay Ghulam havis kay Pujary sarapa hewaniyat zahne marez hain ya log qable nafrat. ager ya log waqye marez hain tu inka ilaj hona chaye ! kiu k a harkat nafsetate marez he kar saktae hain koi normal insan nahe kar sakta !

  9. hum jahil hain hum ghir chuke hain Mullah ism main Politicians main hamin apne haqooq ka pta hi ni hy hamain fasion chahye, hamin parhe likhe nu jawan ko aik achi c nukari chahye,chaukri chahye aur aram ki zindgi chahye aur subah uth ke akhbar parh k 2 4 galian mulk ka nizam change kro narah lago aur so jao. murda qaom isalm k name pe dhaba

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