On 3 July 2014, at 2pm, Abdulkarim Mohammad and his 15-year-old son, Mihad Mohammad, left their house in Dapiawan, Datu Saudi, Maguindanao. They went to the municipality of Shariff Aguak to sell their copra (a coconut kernel used to extract oil).
In December 2013, Ma Htet Htet started working in the actress Thiri Ko Ko Naing’s house in Yangon for 25,000 kyats ($25 USD) per month. During her time in the house, she suffered numerous instances of torture. Her hands were put in hot oil when she overcooked pork curry by mistake, permanently disabling her right hand.
At dawn today, Jovito Palparan Jr., a retired military general, wanted on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), in Sta. Mesa, Metro Manila. Palparan is the principal accused in the abduction, illegal detention, torture and rape of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.
The relentless fight of the Adhikari couple has faded from the regular to-do checklist of civil society, human rights organizations, and the media; many of them have stopped talking about it altogether.
The child belongs to the poor family, has been deprived of basic medical treatment and the right to register a legal case in the police station. In Pakistan, the powerful and rich people know how to manipulate the law in their favour and escape prosecution.
One factor that has received less attention in this tragic incident is the chronic disease it has spawned, something unaddressed by society. This affliction is none other than the consummate demoralisation of the people as a whole, which stems from the failure of the state to protect the lives of its citizens.