Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Shadow Hare

So goes the report, "A costume-wearing superhero calling himself "Shadow Hare" has vowed to clean up the streets of Cincinnati by fighting crime on the streets".

The best part is, he won't be generating the debate - albeit a good one - from The Dark Knight. Can each one of us get up and take the law into our own hands, if we mean well? If justice isn't served by the authorities-that-be, can we choose the lesser evil (to take control of that which isn't ours, rather than to helplessly watch people suffer)? Will Robin Hood ever be proclaimed a superhero? Is it possible not to act, if one really has a conscience? Or is dressing up as a superhero to fight crime, socially unacceptable, and best left to the big screen?

These questions seem all the more pertinent for me, as a Pakistani, when the writ of the government has clearly been broken in the northern areas of my country. But then, aren't the Taliban doing the same? Offering speedy justice?

Is there a solution somewhere in the midst of this debate? Yes, says the report, "The mysterious masked man is...armed with handcuffs, a Taser and pepper spray, which can be legally carried in the city." Good civic sense!

14 comments:

Abdul Sami said...

maula jutt anyone?

Saadia said...

No. I don't think all his ammunition was registered.

Abdul Sami said...

all he had was a gandaasa with an axe on top...

that does not require no license !

vince said...

My poor man saadia! It will be necessary to accustom you to it! Those who want to represent the law have to carry(wear) a uniform but it is true also as you say it, the Talibans they even are decked out by disguises who allows them to merge in the mass.
What saddens me it is that of young people of the French suburbs is going to fight in their side.

Id it is said...

People turn to superheroes when there is none else to turn to; so the fact that it's happening in Cincinati says something about the state of law and order there! Given that there have been no such superheroes reported in Pakistan as of yet says one of two things: either the situation there is still not so bad, or that the tolerance for anarchy and lawlessness has risen several notches higher...

I heard about something similar happening in India where a group of women called the "pink brigade" took upon themselves to fight exploitation of women:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

Saadia said...

The situation is much worse in Swat and the areas around it. And it is not that people there are very tolerant towards anarchy and lawlessness. It is that when the writ of the government is lost in the region, the individuals are obviously in fear. Great fear. They have to either cooperate with the Taliban or fear being killed and plundered.

Id it is said...

...and this fear thus leads to enormous tolerance on the part of the victim. Unfortunate though this sequence sounds, but that is how it goes, until such time that a superhero decides to put his/her life on the line to fight the perpetrators of crime and injustice...

Saadia said...

Those superheroes will now fight for their country in full force. I'm sure you must've heard/read.

Kadri Luik said...

Taking the law into your own hands and making people follow the law through your own force or actions has never been a great idea. It might work as a short term solution but in the long run it makes you another fanatic and fanatics are a danger to this world.

جویریہ طارق said...

I like just this pic.............. :)

theBollywoodFan said...

Salaam Saadia! Been a while since you last posted, just checking in to say hello. Hope you're well. :)

laalay ki jaan said...

sultan Rahi

Manas Shaikh said...

I heard some Pakistani villagers attacked a Taliban outpost after they bombed a Masjid.

Saadia said...

Anti-Taliban militia raised in Swat to fight Taliban.

And great news if Baitullah Mehsud has actually been killed! Time to celebrate, Pakistan!