Here's The Story Of The Iconic Women's Rights Activist, Lala Rukh, Whose Death Has Left People Heartbroken

By Sajeer Shaikh | 8 Jul, 2017

Lala Rukh – a passionate women’s rights activist and a voice for oppressed women and minorities – passed away in Lahore on Friday. She was 69-years-old.

Lala Rukh was an artist who let her art be a vessel through which her compassion flowed.  She wasn’t just an enthusiastic and passionate activist; she was, by all means, a force to be reckoned with and a powerhouse, all on her own.

Source: @nighatdad/

Lala Rukh was also the head of the art and history departments at the National College of Arts (NCA.) She eventually succumbed to cancer after being diagnosed last month. 

She was known to be a front-runner in the movement against Zia-Ul-Haq’s Hudood Ordinance penal code, which was considered to be heavily biased against women. In fact, she started the movement which eventually led to the formation of the Women’s Action Forum in 1981.

Source: @nighatdad/

Lala Rukh had, through the course of her life, influenced many lives. Therefore, many Pakistanis were left heartbroken when news broke of her demise

Some lost a mentor

And others lost a dearly beloved friend

Nighat Dad, who is a lawyer, an activist and the founder of Digital Rights Foundation, also mourned the immense loss

Political figures also took to social media to share their grief over her demise

And even those who didn’t know her were saddened to learn that Pakistan had lost a gem like Lala Rukh

It is truly a tragedy to have lost a national treasure and a figure as influential, passionate and iconic as Lala Rukh. We hope that her tireless efforts ignited a fire within numerous women to follow in her bold and empowered footsteps. Our country has and always will need more women like her. May she rest in power.


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