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Zainab father to file case against private TV channel for making telefilm

11 May, 2018

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KASUR: Amin Ansari, the father of six-year-old Zainab who was raped and murdered in Kasur in January this year, has announced to file a case against a private TV channel that is making a telefilm on his daughter.

“The TV channel did not bother to seek my permission. I would not allow anyone to use the name of my daughter for one’s vested interest. I am going to sue the TV channel that has announced making a telefilm on Zainab,”.

After the telefilm, the people may suspect that he has sold the name of Zainab, he says.

The move of a private TV channel for making a telefilm on the rape-cum-murder case that had jolted the entire country has drawn criticism not only from her family but the local public as well as social media.

Amin Ansari is also going to sue a UK-based non-government organisation (NGO) for ‘misusing’ the name of his daughter for its vested interest. He says the case of Zainab has nothing to do with this NGO that is bent upon making money in her name.

“The UK-based NGO recently visited Kasur and did video recording in our locality. Its representatives visited the school of Zainab in the Munir Shaheed Colony as is shown in the video clip where they met the school administration, teachers and students.”

Mr Ansari says that like the TV channel, the NGO also did not bother to see him and seek his permission.

The video clip shows the NGO representatives giving lecture to the minor students, sensitising them to child abuse. Later, it shows the students raising their hands, waving pamphlets of the NGO and answering questions. The representatives also distribute gifts among the students.

In the beginning of the 3.26 min clip, a representative of NGO says that the organisation had visited many schools in the area, including that of Zainab, to spread awareness. He says there are many similar incidents like Zainab’s that went unreported and stresses importance of educating children to keep them safe. At the end of the clip while addressing the viewers, he announces they are going to arrange an Iftar dinner on 10th of Ramazan in Manchester for fundraising to build a centre in the UK for women, orphan children and victims of abuse. The representative seeks donations from the viewers.

Amin Ansari says the NGO has no right to use the name of Zainab for fundraising.

The telefilm, Zainab Kay Qatil, has 65 characters and it has been written by known writer Umera Ahmed. Kashif Kabeer, the executive producer of the project, says the telefilm would be screened in cinemas and international festivals.

It is pertinent to mention that Shahzad Hameed’s documentary on Kasur’s sexual abuse scandal in Hussain Khanwala village, titled Kasur’s Lost Children, had won an award at the New York Festival in 2017.

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