Recently, beauty blogger and Instagram makeup artist Amna Atiq, who was also the co-founder of a company called ‘Bonitaaz’ took her own life. Amna was 24-years-old, married, and had a young daughter.
Hours before her death she was seen online on Facebook participating in social media challenges. Then, sometime later, a friend of hers shared a post declaring her death that devastated all her fans.
Soon, her company’s official page also spoke up about it.
We are saddened and shocked by sudden demise of our co-founder, Amna Atiq. You are all requested to remember her in prayers.
Amna had talked about struggling with depression before.
She also spoke up about bearing the trauma of dealing with a hostile home life. Amna talked about the abuse she was facing at the hands of her husband and how her father threatened to put her in a mental asylum if she filed for a divorce. In her last live session o Facebook before her death, she sounded extremely exhausted.
Blogger Amna Atiq has committed suicide. She came live on fb & told girls that she wants divorce from her abusive husband. Her father told her that he’ll get her killed or put her in a mental asylum if she gets a divorce. It’s not suicide, it’s a MURDER. Our society killed her. pic.twitter.com/BGBeo4xxTj
— Komal Shahid (@ArmedWithWords) September 21, 2019
Many took to Twitter to mourn her death
People were shocked after her death and her fans grieved the immense loss. She was a makeup artist loved by many and her untimely demise left people desperately searching for answers. People on all social media platforms left comments beseeching anyone who knew more about the situation to keep them in the loop.
Am still in shocked how heartless this society can be. R we humans? There is any humanity left in us?
Still in shock after knowing a talented mua #AmnaAtiq is no more.
— Kinza Khushboo (@GlamorousGuilt) September 21, 2019
People thought society killed Amna Atiq – and really, that’s something we need to think about.
From her Facebook lives and Instagram stories, where Amna has shared her painful life experiences of an apathetic father and her suffering domestic abuse, people have come to think that society pushed her to her death. She said her husband was insecure about the fact that she was an independent, self earning woman and he took those insecurities out on her. Her father, scared about losing respect in society, refused to accept her back home and forced her to go back to the man who mentally tortured her.
After listening to the news of death of beauty blogger Amna Atiq,my heart aches more than I can express in words.
she went to her fathers home with her daughter and he didn’t let her enter the house because respect is more important than ANYTHING else in this world. pic.twitter.com/Pvdzgk6D6A
— Insan (@DarazZuban) September 19, 2019
Another murder by our cruel society…
Amna Atiq, a beauty blogger, have committed suicide. It’s not a natural death but a murder, actually. She died bcz of her husband’s mental + physical torture and fathers apathy. Her husband took away her daughter. Depression took her life.💔 pic.twitter.com/c6Gxha2Efc
— ßushra Nasir Ahmed (@bushra_2010) September 19, 2019
It was stressed that parents should support their daughters in these tough times
People are infuriated at the thought that even in 2019, due to societal pressure and age-old norms, it’s difficult for a Pakistani woman to get a divorce and be welcomed back in her house. Parents should support their daughters in times like these because they are only one they can reach out to.
How important is “log kya kahienge?”
Teach your daughters that it’s OK to come home with a failed marriage than coming home in a COFFIN .
After listening to the news of death of beauty blogger Amna Atiq, my heart aches more than I can express in words. N this was what i said last day ” beti Azeat hai ” pic.twitter.com/QrTKnLbVQ7
— Aqsa (@AqsaChaudhry786) September 21, 2019
Watching that #AmnaAtiq last live session video made me really sad. Fathers are supposed to protect daughters. First thing a woman does is reach out to her father and tell him the problems she is faces. If a father closes door on her where else she will go?
— Rude Dude (@whylookchup) September 20, 2019
Dear parents if you decide to be cruel with your daughters comparing them with another one “successfully” surviving the abuse then you have to understand that not all humans (daughters) can endure the abuse. #amnaatiq
— ملیحہ (@MalihaAbbasi) September 20, 2019
Waqar Zaka also made a video to speak up about it
He summarized Amna’s painful story and urged the people in her life – especially the men – to come forward and speak up for her circumstances. He said that any country where women aren’t given opportunities and appreciation to work will sink in disaster. He also urged girls and their families to properly investigate the men they are about to be joined in marriage with. He ended the video, once again urging the people who knew her to shed more light on the incident.
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) September 20, 2019
Despite surface awareness, it’s deeply tragic how mental illnesses are still not understood and accepted in our society. Moreover, the fact that we’re asked to tolerate abuse is simply absurd.
People should also realize the importance of mental health. If somebody is suffering from such things we need to help them instead of start bullying and make fun of their situation.#amnaatiq
— sehar ♥️ (@Psyco0_says) September 20, 2019
Amna Atiq’s tragic story teaches us that mental illness is real and it is fatal. When you push people to the edge and torture them both physically and mentally you may not actually kill them but your actions can cause their death. https://t.co/vqDtOfPM0i
— اقرا (@Lostsoul_iQu) September 20, 2019
Unfortunately in our country depression, psychological problems are not considered as disease that need to be cured.#AmnaAtiq
— Sheerin Umair (@sheenasoomro) September 19, 2019
We urge you to raise your voice to create awareness about depression and mental illness. We can’t keep losing more people to suicide, simply because we refuse to take mental health and abuse seriously. Moreover, we urge you to reach out and seek professional help in case you’re going through something similar.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.
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Cover image Via: Facebook/@Amna Atiq