Two ‘missing’ Pakistani teenage girls ran away from home to meet BTS
Kpop fans are always willing to go to great lengths to have the pleasure of seeing their favorite artists, but sometimes it can be a bit of a stretch and dangerous.
Two teenage girls who went missing in Pakistan last week have been found more than 1,200km from their home after attempting to travel to South Korea to meet K-pop supergroup BTS, the country’s police said with.
The two girls, aged 13 and 14, disappeared from Korangi in the city of Karachi on Saturday, said Abraiz Ali Abbasi, a senior police commissioner in the region.
According to the 13-year-old’s father, Mohammed Junaid, his daughter’s older friend came to visit. When he returned home from a trip, his family told him the girls had gone out; when he looked for her, he found her nowhere.
During a search of her home, police found a newspaper that revealed her intention to travel to South Korea to meet supergroup BTS, Abbasi said in a video statement.
“In the newspaper we saw mentions of train times and that they were planning to run away with another friend of theirs…whom we then interviewed.” said Abasi.
“We began pursuing them aggressively and found that they were arrested by police in the city of Lahore, where they had traveled by train. »
After their trip, they were found in police custody and in a “pathetic condition”.
“The girls hid to go unnoticed or to go unnoticed. They were disguised and dressed in a certain way [pour ressembler à des garçons], depending on the agent who found them. — Railway police spokesman
Abbasi said arrangements for transporting the girls home to Karachi were made in coordination with Lahore Police.
And he urged parents to “monitor their kids’ screen time” so they can better know what their kids are watching online.
“It’s no surprise that two teenage girls took that risk because the ‘fans’ can do it for their idols.” said culture journalist Rabia Mehmood. “But if we had more safely organized fan girl spaces, young fans could openly and freely share their favorites instead of taking such risks. »
K-pop has a huge following around the world, including in Pakistan, with fans of all ages and genders. BTS posters and albums are selling across the South Asian country while Korean dramas are also gaining popularity.
We are reassured that they were found in good health.