Pakistanis Helped This Girl From Karachi Raise Money For Her Own Scooty In Just 24 Hours

By Rameeza Ahmad | 11 May, 2019

My faith in humanity just might have been restored this Ramazan.

While women of all ages atop scooters is a very common sight in our neighboring country India, in Pakistan, it is still rare.

However, you will see quite a lot of women riding pillion behind men. But there are certain conditions for a women pillion rider; you have to sit sideways so that your legs don’t straddle either side of the bikes since a woman sitting behind a man with her legs ‘open’ apparently is vulgar.

Even though the latter is the safer and advised way to sit on a bike as a pillion rider, it is rarely ever followed by Pakistani women.

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Source: austria-forum.org

This can cause a lot of accidents and mishaps. And combine sitting the ‘immoral’ way with riding with a strange man who you don’t know – well this gets you a lot of stares by society.

And this is exactly what Minahil Baloch was doing; using ride-hailing apps to choose the bike option so she could save money on her daily commute.

Taking the car option would cost her upwards of a 1000 rupees, given the distance she travels, and public transport wasn’t an option because of the hassle and random timings of the system.

Source: Minahil Baloch

Talking about the same, Minahil stated, “It is important [her choosing a bike option] because we’ve been given gender roles that tell us what a woman should do and what a woman shouldn’t. It’s time we don’t let society tell us what we should do.”

Minahil was bent on using bike services on her own, no matter how many stares it got her and how many people haw hayed at her. And she tweeted about it in order to encourage other women to choose the options as well instead of being scared about what society will think. In fact, Minahil made several television appearances talking about her using these bike services.

But of course, even on Twitter, there were a lot of people who disagreed with what Minahil was doing and went as far as to call her a fake feminist.

However, Minahil didn’t let this affect her and said, “People don’t take my activism seriously because it makes them uncomfortable. They will only like activism from women when it fits in their box.”

And then came those who thought what Minahil was doing wasn’t a big deal because there were people dying in other parts of the world. Because of course, the toxic mindset exists that dictates that you may have it bad, but someone else always has it worse.

Eventually, Minahil asked everyone to help her get a bike of her own since she couldn’t afford it. The idea was given to her by a few tweeps and she finally decided to go ahead with it, setting her goal for donations at 70,000 rupees.

In an incredible moment for Pakistani Twitter, she raised the required funds within just 24 hours.

I mean, it’s amazing (and may be due to the fact it’s Ramazan and people feel very generous during the holy month?) But Minahil nonetheless was incredibly happy and told me that her faith in humanity had been restored due to the amazing people who contributed to her fund.

As for whether or not she knows how to ride a bike; she doesn’t. But she plans on learning and according to her, her excitement is much greater than the fear.

At least with Minahil, the cause of Pakistani women riding bikes will be furthered and hopefully even more normalized in our society so that mobility for women isn’t such an issue anymore.

What do you think of Minahil’s awesome story? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cover Image Source: Minahil Baloch personal/Samaa TV via Facebook.com

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