Past glory can be a great opiate. Loved by Pakistanis, many otherwise excellent Turkish TV serials provide a fair amount of this substance. They help us to remain locked down in our past, oblivious of our present or future. The mere fact that Turkey today has a hundred times superior protection system for its street dogs than Pakistan has for its children is not a concern that we are willing to explore or learn from.
There are at least 5 lessons from Turkish Street Dog Protection System that Pakistan can learn from. First that it is actually intended for the benefit of dogs and not the organisations who manage this function. Second, that it is based on facts and data. Third, that it is designed to actually and proactively provide shelters, medical treatment, meals and healthcare to dogs. Fourth, that dog protection is not governed by 36 conflicting legislations, but just one comprehensive law. And finally that Turkey accepts no grants from UNICEF, Bill & Melinda or US Aid for running its Dog Protection Centres or making Dog Protection SOPs.
The Child Protection System in Pakistan is not intended for the protection of children. It is solely dedicated to the glorification and self-promotion of its budget-guzzling Bureaus, Commissions and Authorities. In one case a provincial Child Protection Authority spent its entire annual budget on purchasing cars and furniture for its officials. Turkey has smartly and efficiently cut through these bureaucratic structures and performs these functions through its Ministries and local Municipal Committees. Pakistan ought to do the same.
The Turkish dog protection system is based on facts and data. Each street dog has a digital chip attached to its ear that includes data on the dog’s unique identity number (for tracking), date when it was neutered and details of vaccination. Pakistan, on the contrary, has no birth record of 58% of its children. For many years, they are denied their unique identity and their birth certificate. Can one protect what one does not know about?
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naeem sadiq, Exp Tribune, Aug. 26, 2020