A 16 year old boy killed a 15 year old girl and then committed suicide. He left a suicide note complaining that their parents did not allow them to get married.
Around 8 am everyone in school had gathered for the morning assembly when two gunshots were heard with a gap of 3 to 4 seconds at a primary and secondary school in Karachi. Two students were found dead in a classroom, along with two suicide notes, both written in the same handwriting.
“Hum apni sari zindagi ikhate guzaren ge, ikhate jiyen ge aur ikhate marein ge” (“We will spend our whole lives together, we will live together and we will die together”) were the words written by Noor-ul-Hadi, the 16 year old, written in a suicide note. In the suicide notes they both confessed their love for each other and said that they were taking their own lives because their parents did not allow them to get married. According to media reports, Saba, the 15 year old girl, stayed alive for around 20 minutes after being shot, but could not be saved. Her parents had to find out about their daughter being shot from the news on TV, which made them rush to school, and they ultimately found her dead in the local hospital.
This incident stunned the whole nation. People were unable to make sense of this tragedy. A very renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel when informed about this incident commented that parents have a very huge responsibility of upbringing their children. A philanthropist, Ashraf Mehmood said that kids need to understand that getting married at the age of 16 isn’t possible; there are a lot of things you need to consider before getting married and at the age of 16 you know nothing about the realities of life. People on social media platforms blamed the electronic media for misinforming the youth about love and life. Others opined that the young generation should develop good relationships with their elders to cope with scenarios like these.
This indeed is a collective failure of all of us in the society. We as a society need to look into the matter and try to make sure that incidents like these do not happen in future. We need to understand that youth especially teenagers are very emotional and reactive. We as their parents, guardians, older brothers and sisters cannot be dismissive of their emotions, we need to understand their feelings and acknowledge them. That will help us communicate better with our teenagers. Our children are our assets and we cannot let our assets be lost in such a tragic way. This whole incident is a wake up call for our society.
Written by: Abdul Samad Khan