Posted on July 12, 2006
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19 responses to “ATP Poll: Pakistan’s image and women’s rights”

  1. Every religion whether Christianity, Hinduism or Islam gives less respect to women and their rights.Read the holy books and you will know what i mean. So it is question of NOT FOLLOWING WHAT IS WRITTEN in them by humans (might be revealed as in Islam or teachings as in christianity or vedas gibven by god himself).

  2. Talawat Bokhari says:

    I wonder what is meant by ‘women’s rights’. Isn’t the woman a human being? If so, have we got the basic human rights that we, mostly men, are thinking of sharing these rights with the women? First we should define ‘woman’ as woman in abstraction means nothing. Woman is a wife, a co-wife (sautan), mother, mother-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, a loundi, a keep, a pros, etc., etc. What rights will you bestow on each of them when some of the relationships’ interests clash with each other.

    Again, rights go with the obligations. In a Muslim or Eastern culture, in general, the responsibility of upkeep of the family lies squarely on the shoulders of the husband which is legally enforceable, but nothing is required of a woman as her legal duty or obligation. Why not rights be commensurate with the obligations. No obligation, no rights. So can any body tell me what are the obligations of a woman in the Eastern culture?

    As regards Mukhtaran Mai bizarre episode it has evidently been blown out of proportion by the Western media and NGOs with apparent sinister motives without ever going into the facts of the case which are yet to be determined by an independent authority. Anyhow, we should we, the Pakies, bother when she is bringing in a lot of foreign exchange when, it is said, the Pakies can sell even their mothers for a few chips.

  3. Adil Najam says:

    Folks, please see this post on the blog ‘Boundless Meanderings’ by Aisha PZ, where she comments on this post, inclouding her message above, but going beyond that also. It is an insigtful discussion, including rightly pointing out that a focus on image only will make us ignore a lot of real issues related to women’s rights in Pakistan, and including a commentary on the current debate on Hudood Ordinance in Pakistan.
    Its worth a read.

  4. Khalid_s says:

    AIsha, you have it exactly right. This should have been a post in itself. More people need to read this. The question has to be viewed in the broader framework you present and not just as an image question. The real question is not how the world views us, things need to change for our own sake.