The heinous motorway incident—the place a girl was gang-raped in entrance of her kids when her automobile stalled on the Lahore-Sialkot freeway at evening—has ripped the bandaid off a wound festered with gender violence, misogyny and oppressive social constructions.
Ladies have now had sufficient of archaic paternalistic attitudes that plague each stratum and each establishment of our society.
Not too long ago, a girl approached a authorities workplace in Karachi to obtain a automobile/bike license, which was a cheap transport choice for her—however was not solely given a blunt refusal but in addition harshly instructed off; the reason is, girls weren’t “allowed” these licenses.
Taking to her social media, Shireen Ferozepurwalla, stated, “Got bike riding classes last month. Was literally so relieved to be able to ride a bike. You see, I can’t really afford a car right now and with the surging rates of other transport services, it was getting a little difficult for me to stay within my budget. Imagine paying 600PKR (Sometimes even 900PKR at peak times) for a one-way ride of 7.3km. That is roughly 1200PKR every single day (to and from office).”
In response to her, all was going effectively whereas the person behind the counter entered her particulars into the system. When she reminded him that she additionally wanted a motorcycle license, the person “lost it” and have become offended.
The put up continued, “He instructed me and I quote “Aap nikal jaye yahan se. Bike ka license nahi dete hum larkiyo ko. Aap aurat he aap gaari chalaye”. I requested him the rationale for this absurd rule however clearly he gave me no response aside from repeatedly telling me to get out.”
She then proceeded to verify this with a contact at one other department of the workplace, which he did.
The put up ended with a million-dollar why? and requested, “Exactly what kind of law is this? Have these people decided themselves as to who should and who shouldn’t be allowed to ride a bike? Where do I complaint about this? Is anyone in this country accountable for anything at all?”
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Chatting with Photos, Ferozpurwalla says, “After my post, I’ve found out that many girls got their bike license because they pressurised the staff at the license office and stood their ground when they were refused. I’m planning to go and try again. This time I won’t leave till I get one.”
“Nevertheless, my concern is that this: Why are these individuals working these places of work based on their very own will? Does this imply that if a person sitting behind the counter is somebody who would not imagine that ladies ought to step out of the home, will he refuse to subject licenses to girls?”
“Are they not employed to do their job and never deliver their private opinions to the desk? Or now are girls anticipated to first verify the officer’s temper after which resolve whether or not to ask for a motorcycle license? The place are the authorities? Why are these individuals policing girls like this? A lady even commented on my put up that the officer tore up her kind when she ticked on ‘bike’. Does the officer have the correct to resolve what girls are allowed to drive?”
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She asks, “Why is everything so difficult for a woman in this country? The women who got their licenses easily were just plain lucky that they did not run into a misogynistic man. So are we women now supposed to first gauge what kind of a person the officer is and then talk about a bike license?”