More woman power
I am no fan of the PTI or the PAT and did not support their decision to take thousands of followers to Islamabad where they have camped for several weeks. But I am impressed with the resilience shown by the female supporters of the PAT who toiled every imaginable difficulty – living on the roads, inclement weather conditions, lack of various facilities, etc – but remained steadfast. In fact, they tried their best to adjust to their new situation by cooking and cleaning in the open. I find these acts particularly daring because in our society, the
chardewari is considered the most and perhaps the only, suitable place for a woman. She is not supposed to go out unless it is absolutely necessary and the mere concept of a woman ‘from a respectable family’ living on the street is abhorrent to the majority. And yet, the protesting women proved that they could challenge such notions.
At the same time, it was disgusting to see the comments of some political and religious leaders who either made fun of the female protesters or criticized them for spreading vulgarity. There is a famous saying that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. I’d like to make a little amendment to it to make it relevant for Pakistan: vulgarity lies in the eyes of the beholder. I suggest the leaders who made such degrading comments should try to open up their minds and see women as more than just decorative objects.