K-pop fans have always been passionate about their idols, but the recent story of two missing Pakistani teenage girls highlights the lengths that some fans will go to in order to meet their favorite artists. Last week, the two girls, aged 13 and 14, were found more than 1,200km away from their home in Karachi after they had gone missing while attempting to travel to South Korea to meet K-pop supergroup BTS.
The girls were found in Lahore city after their father discovered a newspaper article in their home that revealed their plans to travel to South Korea. They had been detained by the police and were in a “deplorable state” upon their discovery. The Railway Police Press Secretary reported that the girls had been hiding in order to remain unnoticed and were dressed in a certain way to look like boys.
The incident has prompted police commissioner Abraiz Ali Abbasi to urge parents to monitor their children’s screen time more closely in order to better understand what their children are watching online. Culture journalist Rabia Mehmood further commented on the situation, noting that if there were safer spaces for female fans, young fans would not have to take such risks.
K-pop has become increasingly popular in Pakistan, with fans of all ages and genders. BTS posters and albums can be found throughout South Asia, while Korean dramas are also gaining traction. Thankfully, the girls were found in good health and arrangements were made to bring them back home to Karachi.
Kpop fans are always willing to go to great lengths to see their favorite artists, but sometimes it can go too far and be dangerous.
Two missing teenage girls Pakistan were found more than 1,200km from their home last week after trying to travel to South Korea to meet K-pop supergroup BTS, the country’s police said.
Two girls, aged 13 and 14, went missing from Koranga in Karachi city on Saturday, said Abraiz Ali Abbasi, the district’s senior police commissioner.
According to the father of 13-year-old Mohammed Junait, an older friend of his daughter came to visit. When he returned home from a trip, his family told him that the girls were not home; when he looked for them, he found them nowhere.
During a search of their home, police found a newspaper announcing their intention to travel to South Korea to meet the supergroup BTS, Abbasi it said in a video message.
“We saw mentions in the paper about the train schedule and that they were planning to run away with another friend … who we then interviewed,” Abbasi said.
“We started aggressively chasing them and found that they were detained by the police in Lahore city where they were traveling by train. »
They were found already in police custody and in a “deplorable state” after the trip.
“The girls were hiding to be unnoticed or to be unnoticed. According to the policeman who found them, they were masked and dressed in a certain way [to look like boys]. — Press Secretary of the Railway Police
Abbasi said arrangements to take the girls home to Karachi were coordinated with the Lahore police.
And he urged parents to “watch their children’s screen time” to better know what their children are watching online.
“It’s not surprising that two teenage girls took such a risk because ‘fans’ can do it for their idols,” said culture journalist Rabia Mehmood. “But if we had safer organized spaces for female fans, young fans could openly and freely discuss their favorites with each other instead of taking such a risk.”
K-pop has a huge following across the world, including in Pakistan, with fans of all age groups and genders. BTS posters and albums are sold throughout South Asia, and Korean dramas are also gaining popularity.
They assure us that they were found healthy.