Earlier this week a minor domestic worker in Rawalpindi passed away after being violently beaten by her employers. The victim, eight-year-old Zohra Shah was attacked for setting an expensive parrot free.
Following her demise, social media went in an uproar with public figures from the showbiz industry and otherwise raising their voices against the tragic incident.
There was an outrage on Twitter after the incident made the news. Among others included, actors Osman Khalid Butt, Armeena Khan and activist Muniba Mazari. Butt earlier kept his outrage brief by uttering the words “Dear God” as he shared the news.
Butt then shared dew penal codes related to child labour and abuse in Pakistan, namely, Pakistan Employment of Children Act, Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act.
He added, “It is only the Sindh Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill that clearly states that no establishment or factory can employ a child less than 14. In the two links above, you’ll notice that domestic labour is not mentioned in the list of prohibited/’hazardous’ occupations.”
The actor further shared, “Shireen Mazari has earlier tonight, tweeted that the MOHR is proposing an amendment to the Employment of Children Act to include domestic labour. This has to be followed up and seen through. And not just in that Act, this must be adopted universally in all provinces.”