Faryal Makhdoom, wife to Pakistan’s boxing legend Amir Khan shared some very intense Snapchats on her public Snapchat story earlier tonight.
Talking about troubles in the Khan household with the sisters and mother-in-law, Faryal took the matter to her public account.
Amir Khan is a British-Pakistani professional boxer, previously holding the prestigious World Boxing Association world champion title for three years along with a number of other accolades. Faryal Makhdoom is a model, activist and lifestyle influencer with her own YouTube channel and a huge social media fan following. Having graduated with a degree in Political Science and Journalism, she’s incredibly talented in her own right.
The Snapchats seem to be touching on abuse and bullying from her in-laws, one that she had been keeping in for quite some time as this is Faryal’s first public statement, of sorts, regarding the matter.
“Don’t get your sons married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife”, Faryal writes in her first Snapchat of the series.
“I’ve always been so quiet but seriously, this message is for everyone! When you bring someone’s daughter — treat her as your own. Your son will be much happier and so will you”, she writes.
“My husband has done far more than any son has done. And far more than any brother has done. But, why is he treated so bad? Jealousy? Hatred for his wife? That’s disgusting.”
“When you force your son to divorce his wife, when she’s nine months pregnant! And your son doesn’t…and he sticks beside his wife. He’s called a pussy?”
“Ok, I’m guessing Islam teaches us to get married and divorce our wives and treat them bad?”, Faryal writes, in desperation from years of holding it all in. Faryal and Amir had a baby girl named Lamaisah Khan in May of 2014.
“What about when you sisters in law come to hit you when your husband’s not home and still you don’t raise your hand out of respect for your husband”
“Let me stop. God is my witness and that’s why I’m living a great life with my husband and beautiful daughter. Free of jealousy and hatred of anyone — that’s too much energy wasted on a bunch of lame online bullies.”
Posting a screenshot of one of the comments on her official Instagram page, Faryal addressed the hate.
Responding to this with the kind of strength that she has clearly exhibited throughout this difficult and disturbing situation.
The social spheres have been talking about Faryal’s public admission of domestic troubles, many extending their support.
One person also tweeted a counter-argument from the sister in law.
Unfortunately, Faryal’s harrowing case of domestic abuse from in-laws does not seem to be the only one ever reported. Issues of family conflicts and pressures from the in-laws are more commonplace in the Pakistani society than we’d like to admit. More power to you, Faryal for sharing your story. Let’s hope this inspires other women to speak up as well.
We have reached out to Faryal Makhdoom and will update this story accordingly.
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