No Woman Is Safe In Pakistan
There is general discrimination and prejudice against women in Pakistan, especially against those who are educated and stand tall in our male dominant society. Women are considered weaker sex and are harassed on a daily basis. Whether it’s at work, on the roads, or in public transport; we hear stories about women being harassed and abused but rarely do we connect it with our friends or family circle. We stand back and never take notice of these going-ons because we think that this sort of thing cannot happen to educated and strong woman like us. I mean, I am a sane, logical and empowered woman; how can anyone take undue advantage of me without my willingness.
Meenah Tariq, an educated and modern woman just proved that we are not immune to harassment. This could happen to any of us. Meenah was harassed in the worst possible way and that too within the view of at least 600 people on a public place. On a trip to Khunjrab Pass, she got separated with her group and went to look for her husband where this group of boys blocked her path and started taking her pictures. Meenah sttod her ground and told them no, repeatedly but they didn’t listen.
According to Meenah;
“They said ‘she can’t do anything’. I was so helpless even in so public a place, I truly felt as if I could not do anything. My trip to the Khunjrab pass will forever be colored by the experience I had because of these horrible human beings.”
She was in full view of hundreds of people, no one came forward to help her and why would they when such things happen on daily basis at such public places. In her Facebook post, Meenah goes on to say that
“It was broad day light, there were hundreds of people around, and I had gotten separated from my group. I hadn’t considered that this public place was unsafe for me. The Boy (my husband) had gone to climb a mountain on his own, towards a glacier, and I went to look for him while our group waited. I was actually in full sight of my friends through all of this. There were families, women, children – at least 600 people around me, and yet no one intervened.”
But what happened next makes this woman stand out from those who suffer through harassment without a word. On the way back from Hunza, Meenah saw these guys again. And that’s when she decided to take fate into her own hands. She took pictures of the boys who were harassing her and later on shared those pictures on Facebook and Twitter.
She shares on her FB post that
“What I really want is to plaster their faces across Lahore. I want their classmates and professors and colleagues and friends and family members to know what sort of humans they are. And I want them to know ‘what happens on vacation’ does NOT stay there. Especially if it’s blatant harassment of another human being.”
No woman should be made feel what Meenah felt, that is helpless and victimized.
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