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Maryam, Mahira and Malala

Maryam Nawaz, Mahira Khan and Malala Yousufzai are the three Pakistani women who were discussed the most in the last month.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Pakistani PM was seen in London just after her mother won the elections. She was not wearing a dupatta like she wears in Pakistan and was seen wearing western dress. Pakistani men, especially PTI supporters flooded the social media with her photos. They made it all about a woman’s honor and dignity and how she mocked the eastern values by taking her dupatta off.

Mahira Khan, a famous Pakistan model and film star was spotted with an Indian actor, smoking, in a summer dress. Pakistani men took it to Twitter and FB and slut shamed her. She was called a traitor and a woman with no moral or ethical values. Some even judged her religious values and declared her non-Muslim.

Malala wore a jeans and was abused and slut shamed on social media even though she was covering her head with a scarf. While the whole world was congratulating her on her first day at Oxford, Pakistanis were comparing her with a porn start. Yes, you read it right. Porn star because she was wearing jeans.

All these three women have nothing in common except the fact that they are women. They all were slut shamed and judged by men. During this very same period, one mullah was sexually abusing a child. Another famous religious scholar was sexually harassing his female students who came to him to learn Quran. All these men who were going bonkers over these three women for wearing jeans were telling everyone to let Allah judge Nouman Ali Khan.

My question here is why different standards? If you ask me, a teacher of Quran has a bigger responsibility than an actress. He is representing your religion, not Mahira or Malala or Maryam. Why would you defend a religious scholar for something more hideous and disgusting than wearing jeans or smoking with a co-worker?

I’ll leave that to you all. Think and decide.
Understated Chaos
Fascinated by transactional nature of counter knowledge & public discourse in socially mediated spaces which simulate but don’t engender counter-public spheres.