How privileged are we as a society to complain about an Amber Alert?

I imagine you’ve likely heard about the outrage sparked by an Amber Alert, issued in Canada, on Valentine’s Day.

The Alert was sent to a majority of Canadians who own a cellphone within Ontario to alert them of an 11-year-old girl from Brampton who was reported missing. Unfortunately, the girl, Riya Rajkumar, was found dead at the hands of her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, in his Brampton home.

He has since been charged with first-degree murder.

The Alert was issued after Riya’s mother contacted police, concerned, as Riya’s father hadn’t yet returned her home from her birthday celebrations.

I received three Amber Alerts on the evening of Riya’s murder. Two declared that police were searching for her whereabouts, and asking the public with any information to come forward. The Alerta also contained information about the vehicle Riya’s father drives and its license plated.

The third Alert announced that Riya had been located. When she was located, however, she had already been murdered.

An onslaught of social media activity followed the issuing of the Amber Alerts, with quite a few people expressing their annoyance and disapproval of the Alerts waking them throughout the night.

As you can imagine, there has been even more outrage directed towards the people who made these ignorant, insensitive comments.

Sure, it’s a little confusing to wake up to the sound of your phone blaring at you, but seriously, consider this situation in a broader lense. We were woken up by an Alert attempting to save a girl’s life, and the Alerts are what led police to Riya’s father, as someone who received the alert called in about her father’s vehicle.

Riya never woke up. And she will never wake up again.

If being asked to assist in locating a missing child is worth complaining about to you, I think it’s a strong indicator that we, as a society, have become so sickeningly privileged we fail to acknowledge how ignorant and conceited we have become.

An 11-year-old girl was murdered, by her father, on her 11th birthday. If waking up in the middle of the night to help is an inconvenience to you, I suggest you seriously re-evaluate your lack of compassion and empathy for others.

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