I was really very disturbed this morning upon learning that some of us have been disseminating mass e-mails detailing the purported extend of the abuse endured by Arwah Nurin.
Marina Mahathir in her column (Musings, The Star, 26/9/2007) posed the following questions,"If a child is sexually abused and killed, does it really matter how? Is there really a need to report the more abhorrent details of her suffering?
Is there really a need to print photos of the dead child, even if the initial intention was to find out her identity? Don’t little children deserve some respect too?"
Though there were no answers given, I'm sure that all of us knew the answers. And the answer to all the questions(with the exception for the last one) is none other than a resounding "No". Therefore I plead the public to refrain from unrealisingly becoming agents to this unethical mode of utilising the super highway of the internet.
As I commented in my earlier posting, what we should know is the girl was indeed abused but its gory details are really unnecessary. For all you know the gory details might not even be true due to the power of exageration as a result of information being passed from one to the other.
Perhaps we are not aware of what we are doing, as our intention was all along in good faith, but for the sake of what's left to Arwah Nurin's and the family's dignity, please reserve some respect for the dead.
I have also received a video presentation supposedly done as a tribute to Nurin, but her last photo was used again and again with a song being played in the background. What's happening here?
I know those involved meant well, but let us be reminded that there are certainly acceptable limits, beyond which are no longer acceptable.
For the very first time, I had to expunged at least two comments posted in the blog today, both done in the name of upholding dignity. I really hope you understand.