This Pakistani Woman Got Called A Slut By An Ex-Colleague And Honestly, Yeh Kab Tak Chalega?

By Sajeer Shaikh | 17 Jul, 2017

A 2009 research conducted by ‘Alliance Against Sexual Harassment’ (AASHA) highlighted how almost 93% of women confront different forms of sexual harassment at their workplace.

Workplace harassment can take place in pretty much any form. It could be in the form of unwanted advances, physically inappropriate behavior or mental torture. Unfortunately, due to its high prevalence in Pakistan, numerous working women have been targets of workplace harassment. Some speak up and are silenced. Others choose to remain silent, to begin with.


However, one victim of workplace harassment is speaking up through a post that has gone viral on social media

The post, that originally began circulating on Facebook found its way to Twitter. Shmyla Khan, in her tweets, talks about her friend’s plight

The posts mention how the victim joined the legal profession four years ago. She talks about actively preparing to avoid becoming a target of workplace harassment

Source: @shmyla/

However, she could not evade the harassment and eventually left the law firm, only to be name-called by the harasser

Source: @shmyla/

A screenshot of the conversation was also shared by the victim to prove her point

Source: @shmyla/

Therefore, she decided to break her silence on the matter

Source: @shmyla/

In a series of tweets, Shmyla requested people to lend her friend support and solidarity

She also urged people to support those who have started speaking out

Nighat Dad – lawyer, activist, and founder of Digital Rights Foundation – also weighed in on the topic

Some people suggested ways for the victim to seek help

While others decided to weigh in with legal implications of the matter

However, some people voiced the rage that found its way into the hearts of those who read the post

Workplace harassment is evidently not an uncommon phenomenon.

You hear about it all the time. Fathers don’t want their daughters doing bank ki naukris because of it. Mothers tell their daughters to be careful of what they wear to prevent workplace harassment. However, somehow, women seem to bear the brunt of it. Whether it’s by staying at home or by changing the way they dress – everyone seems to hold women accountable. Perhaps, it’s time we pointed fingers in the right direction. Maybe, it’s finally time to start holding men accountable for their actions, instead of resorting to victim blaming, as per usual.

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