A jobless man who put his young daughter on sale in the city of Hyderabad on Friday has received an overwhelming response in the form of financial assistance and offers of employment a day later.
Muhammad Ayub, who has been jobless for two years now after he was sacked from a state electricity company, offered to sell his daughter so that his family could make ends meet.
Ayub sat in front of the Hyderabad Press Club and made his offer. His daughter and other family members were with him when he announced his decision.
Ayub told mediapersons that he would sell his 12-year-old daughter, Tasmia Bano, to the person offering the highest bride price.
At the same time, he wore a placard around his neck, with “For Sale” scribble in Urdu. The move upset area residents who asked Ayub to take away his family from the press club.
The next day, the ruling Pakistan People’s Party offered Ayub Rs 10,000.
Some private donors, too, clubbed funds for the family.
Businessmen offered jobs to Ayub who was sacked by the power company when he helped unearthed a scam. Employees were selling company’s scrap in the open market.
Ayub told mediapersons that he had served in the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) as a security guard for nine years. Two years ago, he caught some employees stealing scrap but the officials instead of taking action against them terminated his services.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has once again highlighted the plight of poor sections of the Pakistani society. With galloping inflation, it is difficult for many families to make ends meet.
Earlier this week, a man killed his family and then committed suicide in Lahore as he was unable to provide for them.