The notification making abaya mandatory for school girls was disgusting for taking away their choice
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had recently come under a lot of fire for making a mandatory order for putting school girls in abayas so they could protect themselves from any “unethical incident” that they may suffer because of animals who can’t control their perverted urges.
The letter making abaya mandatory for school girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was issued by the District Education Officers all over the province yesterday
On September 16th, a letter concerning the dress code of the female student population of middle, higher and higher secondary institutions was issued by the District Education Office Peshawar. As per the instructions within the letter, the female students were obligated to wear either a “gown/abaya” or to use a “chaddar” to veil themselves. This was supposed top have been taken to protect the students from any kind of negative or unethical actions. This matter was given utmost urgency.
The silly notification making abaya mandatory for school girls obviously met with severe public outcry
People were enraged at such a decision made by the government officials. They believed it was an absurd decision and even question the “democratic” basis of the government.
Forcing girls to wear abaya in Haripur Schools is extremely non-democratic.
I wore abaya when I wanted to; I took it off when I wanted to.
Who the hell is society or government to tell girls how they should be dressed!!!
— SN (@SNazir29) September 14, 2019
People also ridiculed the government for promoting the culture of victim blaming and clearly were pissed off at the wrong decision taken for the supposed “protection” against unethical actions.
Covering up girls is NOT a solution for eve-teasing & harassment. The onus is not the victims! If you want to start somewhere, start with the misogynistic culture which prepetuates such behaviour in the first place. #SaminaAltaf #DCOEducation #Haripur
— Shaheera (@s_syed_s) September 14, 2019
It also came to public’s notice that the dress code issued wasn’t just concerning the female students of Haripur but for all the female students of KP
#KPKUpdates #culture #education department has decided to instruct all the students to use Gown ,Abaya,or chadar to cover up their selves in order to protect them from any unethical incident # Human rights pic.twitter.com/8ThXpgdAGP
— Fatima nazish (@Fatimanazish1) September 16, 2019
It didn’t take long for a U-turn to be announced regarding the prior decision…and WHAT?
Hearing the backlash the Government of KP has decided to take back the notification making abaya mandatory because it’s a choice
Soon after the outrage of general public, The PTI government issued a cancellation of the letter.
KP Government doesn’t believe in compulsion, and citizens are free to decide what’s best for them. The notification circulating regarding compulsion of Abaya for the girls is hereby withdrawn with immediate effect#KPKUpdates pic.twitter.com/1LhhwEX33V
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 16, 2019
People, although, glad had a lot of questions regarding the ambiguities in PTI’s policy making and decision and implementing skills
Given that it seems that no one properly scrutinized this decision before it was hastily implemented and the Government took it back after public outcry, people questioned their competence.
Good decision, but why issue such things and then reverse it. It shows lack of decision making abilities or perhaps lack of communication between different stakeholders. Please @ImranKhanPTI we expect your govt to make informed and well thought out policies. @PTIofficial
— Waqas Abbasi (@waabbaC) September 16, 2019
Of course, everyone was weighing in about government’s weak decision making policies.
Good decision, next time think twice n discuss in detail with all stake holders before giving any policy
— amna (@amnatarar8512) September 16, 2019
And jokes about another “U-turn” started pouring in…
Aren’t these U-turns “forever”?
Long live U turn
— Abid Wazir (@AbidWaz94425105) September 16, 2019
Some voters were clearly too disappointed because their vote wasn’t so PTI could just take U-turns
Humnay apko vote UTURNS k leay diya tha??? Really disappointed
— Muhammad Nouman IK (@nouman_ik) September 16, 2019
Finally, there were those who wanted to complete eliminate the culture of victim blaming instead of making stupid decisions like making abaya mandatory
People just couldn’t take the victim blaming culture anymore and they made sure to speak up against it.
What about young boys. They are also sexually abused … so should we cover them and send them to schools? It’s about time that we strengthen our child protection unit in provinces and teach ‘life skill based education learning’ LSBE Cirriculum in our schools @pid_gov
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) September 17, 2019
Govt in Haripur, KP can't fix education so they decided to go after little girls & made it mandatory for them to wear abaya/chadar. Can we stop this constant, sick obsession with women & their clothing? & focus on education instead of hating on India for making it to the moon?
— Annie (@quratula1n_s) September 14, 2019
What are your thoughts on the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa taking back its notification making abaya mandatory for school girls across the province? Sound off in the comments below.
District Education Officer In Haripur Just Made Abaya Mandatory For Young Girls And Everyone’s Pissed
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