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EDITORIAL : Our Brave Trio Show Us the Way In Carjacking Incident

There were three heroes of the carjacking incident that has gone viral on social media. The first is, of course, brave Lautoka businessman Imtiaz Shaukat Ali. He threw his body
28 Sep 2016 10:25
EDITORIAL : Our Brave  Trio Show Us the Way In Carjacking Incident
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There were three heroes of the carjacking incident that has gone viral on social media.

The first is, of course, brave Lautoka businessman Imtiaz Shaukat Ali.

He threw his body on the line to stop eight men driving away with his wife, Shahina Nazmeen Hussein and their two children, Umair Imtiaz Ali, two-and -half-years old and Umairah Shamshad Begum, 15 months.

This was a family’s worst nightmare. A normal trip to the shop turned into a terrifying ordeal. It could have happened to anyone but Mr Ali and his family were just unlucky.

Mr Ali did not think twice about doing what he did. He rushed out of the shop after he heard his wife scream. Mr Ali then lunged at one of the men who were ready to drive away.

He diverted their attention and he paid a high price with a bloodied nose and face and a bruised body as the men turned on him.

It also gave his wife enough time to escape. His intervention delayed the group, who would have driven away with his family into the night.

Mr Ali gets a medal for bravery and putting his life at risk to save his family. It demonstrates his deep love and devotion for his family.

The second hero is his wife. She held her composure and did the right thing at the right time. She screamed to warn her husband in the shop and escaped when she saw the opportunity.

She also deserves a medal.

Hero number three is the unidentified person who parked his vehicle on the opposite side of the road and went to help. He was assaulted. His assistance also helped the Alis.

But what about the people who stood by and watched as if this was a scene from a movie?

There were enough people in the vicinity could have helped to stop the men.

It was a shame that they did not help. Where was their civic duty and pride?

Where was their compassion, especially when two little children were also victims of a senseless attack on innocent people?

We, as a community, must let the criminal elements in our society know that we do not condone their activities.

When there is an opportunity to help, we must step forward and help.

No one knows who could be the next victim. But if it is you and your family, you would wish that you would get all the help you need.

The criminals must get the message that carjacking is not worth it.

Our brave trio have shown us the way.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 


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