Aurat March protestors are now enemy number one for the KP assembly apparently.
Aurat March took place almost two weeks ago but for some reason, people (read: mostly men) haven’t stopped being offended by it. One could attribute this to Aurat March’s success, given how people are still talking about it, even if it is butthurt old men screaming about dick picks on national television.
So much of an impact in fact, that it even managed to shake politicians, particularly the parliamentarians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Rehana Ismail, of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, recently presented a resolution in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa parliament against the Aurat March. According to the resolution, it is believed that there are some hidden forces within the country that are trying to dismantle Pakistani customs and the Pakistani family system as we know it.
Aurat March only wanted women to be respected and treated equally in society. And if that translates to ‘destruction of the Pakistani family system’, then honestly, so be it.
Who wants a family system where the women are oppressed and are under control of patriarchs? Oh, wait. The answer to that is in the question itself.
According to Dawn, when the resolution was introduced, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf MPAs tried to counter it but eventually gave in and supported the resolution once they had a few changes made to it.
PTI’s MPA Ayesha Bano stated that they supported those who were rallying for women’s rights but could not support anyone who made demands which were in contradiction to the teachings of Islam.
Which is why the Aurat March was termed as ‘Shameless’.
It’s so ridiculous that MPAs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly actually spent time in condemning a movement which rallies for the equal rights of Pakistani women (and members of the Christian, Hindu, trans community). If the parliamentarians think that they have the authority and better knowledge of how to safeguard women’s and minority rights in the country then why don’t they work on that, rather than trying to be controlling patriarchs?
Why can’t they pass resolutions which pressure the provincial and federal government to make conditions better for women and minorities?
Why is there outrage over mere posters people carried during a March but no outrage in Parliament when actual PEOPLE are being KILLED?
Why didn’t the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa parliament pass a resolution condemning the murder of Afzal Kohistani, the key witness in the Kohistan video scandal? He was killed in Abbottabad, that’s their own province and the murder took place just two days before the Aurat March.
And by the way, the ‘shameless’ women at the Aurat March had made posters and chanted for the government to take action against those who killed Afzal Kohistani. But I guess no one in the KP parliament bothered to focus on that detail?
And where was the condemnation by the KP Parliament on the honor killing of Naseeb Zar Khan and Bibi Dakhtar, a couple from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? They were killed just a few weeks ago, but there was barely any outrage over that.
Get your priorities straight, please.
I can’t believe that people actually think Aurat March was organized by ‘outside forces’. No it was not. It was organized by Pakistani women for Pakistani women. It’s time to get our heads out of the sand and realize that things for women in Pakistan are far worse than people think which is why women are protesting; to make our lives and the lives of women after us better.
Akram Khan Durrani, an MMA politician, took personal offence to a poster that said ‘Apna Moza Khud Dhundo’ and asked what was wrong with his wife finding his sock for him if he had back pain. And honestly, how do you explain it to men that the poster only meant that your wife is not your mother and it is not her responsibility to do every single thing for you, which includes finding your sock. And the poster isn’t saying that women stop helping their husbands, just that husbands need to stop assuming that their maintenance is the wife’s RESPONSIBILITY.
Instead of condemning the posters women carried at Aurat March, maybe the KP parliament needs to spend a little more time looking at them to understand what women are upset over so they can then pass a resolution to address those grievances.
What’s your take on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.
Cover Image Source: @iftikharfirdous via Twitter.com/@womanistan via Instagram.com