Plight of slum peo­ple

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SYEDA MEHWISH

The peo­ple liv­ing in slum ar­eas are out­casts and heav­ily dis­crim­i­nated. These peo­ple suf­fer lack of ba­sic ameni­ties like safe drink­ing water, proper hous­ing, drainage and ed­u­ca­tion. Firstly, it’s govern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­solve all these prob­lems but if the men in author­ity do not re­alise their re­spon­si­bil­ity, then it’s fel­low cit­i­zens duty to res­cue them out from these hor­ri­ble con­di­tions.

But in­stead of that “what are we do­ing?’ we crit­i­cize their caste, we make them out­cast and if any­one from slum’s tries to make his own way out of that un­wanted life, our so­ci­ety de­nies to ac­cept them be­cause we think they are not worth to sit, study and so­cial­ize with us. They be­long to that class which is not con­sid­ered as hu­man be­ing. We make their life even more mis­er­able and harder. We do not suf­fer any of these prob­lems, nev­er­the­less we al­ways keep on com­plain­ing about the stuff we don’t have. Here we are “the re­spectable cit­i­zens of Pak­istan”, while slum’s peo­ple suf­fer a lot, they are not treated even as hu­man be­ings. — Karachi

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