An Appeal for Suo Moto notice on the cruel and inhuman working conditions and deaths of Non-Muslim janitorial staff in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
As a citizen of Pakistan, I appeal to your Honour to take notice of the appalling conditions and unending deaths of Non-Muslim sanitary workers who are made to enter the dark depths of sewage gutters, and end up with their naked bodies soaked with raw excreta and their lungs choked with poisonous gases. The inhumanity, cruelty and indignity of this happening every day in the 21st century Pakistan would have been objectionable even to the janitors of the 4500 years old Mohenjo Daro civilization.
Your Honour, at 11 PM, in the night between 3rd and 4th October 2021, Faisal Masih and Nadeem Masih, of Metropolitan Corporation Sargodha died in the deep and choked sewage gutters of Sargodha’s Main Road Chungi Number 9. They were trying to rescue a third colleague Michael Masih, who had entered earlier, got choked and was desperately yelling for help. While Michael Masih survived with severe injuries and harm to lungs and eyes, the two rescuers died in the process. An FIR against 3 Muslim supervisors of Metropolitan Corporation Sargodha, who forced these 3 Non-Muslim janitors to enter the deep sewage gutters at midnight on a Sunday was lodged on 4th Oct 2021. (FIR. Se.no. 612/21, E Tag no. ST-10/4/2021-5629).
Your Honour, this is not an isolated incident but a chain of unending deaths of Non- Muslim janitors, repeatedly happening every few months, for the last 74 years in Pakistan. The death of the two Christian janitors of Sargodha on 4th October 2021 is a result of a poorly designed archaic, inhuman and decadent system, whose pitfalls are well understood by everyone in power. However as there is never a Chief Minister, a Chief Secretary or a Municipal Commissioner who has been held accountable and punished, this cruelty and barbarity has continued for the last 74 years and is likely to continue for the next 1000 years.
Your Honour, I appeal to you to kindly take urgent Suo Moto notice on the specific issue of the death (by drowning and suffocating in a raw sewage gutter) of two Non-Muslim janitors Faisal Masih and Nadeem Masih, and order arrest and trial of the following individuals, for their criminal negligence:
Your Honour, Nadeem Masih who died in Sargodha incident, was being paid illegal wages averaging Rs.12,000 pm and was working for 18 years with no EOBI or Social Security. There could be no higher example of cruelty and exploitation. Sadly this deplorable state of human rights violations exists in all Municipal Committees and Cantonments of Pakistan.
You are therefore also requested to order the Federal Government and all the Chief Ministers of the provinces to ensure and confirm that no janitor will ever be made to enter a sewage gutter, unless the following conditions (already required by law) have been met by every Metropolitan /Municipality and every Cantonment of Pakistan.:
A citizen of Pakistan