Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) is among the few such organizations in Pakistan who offer shelter to many homeless animals. However, recently, their official Facebook page shared a post, which was penned by Ayesha Chundrigar, the Founder of the organization herself, stating how they are cyberbullied every day at the hands of a few, despite them going out of the way.
Ayesha started the post by giving the readers a warning about the content, “Slurs, violence, hate crime. These are just a few of the messages we have received in the past 12 hours. We have also had people say they want to throw acid on my face. That I should die and get hit by a car. Men saying how dare a woman show anger on social media or get upset or show ‘confident’ body language.”
The post was shared with screenshots of conversations from people who have allegedly cyberbullied the organization and individuals within it.
“When we say cyberbullying, this is what we mean. People are making fake accounts just to bully us and scare us. Many of them, men, who cannot see women in a position of power. And women of course who don’t have other women’s backs,” Ayesha further stated in the Facebook post.
The official statement from the organization and Ayesha explained how they try to work in a professional manner, without showing awful messages that they get if they refuse to take in pets or cannot reach to rescue them in time.
“On top of this, we are constantly getting blamed for the death of these animals as if our small team is meant to rescue each and every one of the millions of animals including pets in the country. We feel so guilty as it is, that we cannot rescue more and this added guilt does not help,” the Facebook post read.
Some screenshots were self-explanatory. A guy was seen abusing the two girls involved in the organization.
Ayesha, without paying much heed to the abuser, wrote saying, “Anyway, our work is tough [day in and day out], we don’t talk much,” the post continued. “We show our work more. But these kinds of hateful comments when we are actually trying to make the country a better place gets very overwhelming when we are already faced with so much death and gore and injustice with these poor animals on a daily basis.”
The main aim of the post was to share a glimpse of the cyberbullying they face every now and then, yet they keep quiet and get on with their job.
Some people even tried to harass Ayesha by claiming they have video footage to use against ACF which will make her apologize later.
Ayesha also clarified in the post that she does not mean to play the victim card by putting up this post up since these screenshots are not even half of what ACF goes through each day.
“This is not to play [the] victim,” the post continued. “This is to share how much it messes with our head and it’s not always easy to ignore. And this is something everyone on the internet needs to consider. It is not easy to always drown out the haters and no one deserves this. Most of this hate comes because we are strong women doing this job against all odds. What does that say about us as a nation?” the post ended raising some questions that all of us need to ponder upon.
You can read the full post here:
CONTENT WARNING: Slurs, violence, hate crime. These are just a few of the messages we have received in the past 12…
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Cover Image via Facebook/ACF Animal Rescue