PPP politician Sharmila Faruqi lately replied to actor Mirza Gohar Rasheed’s reflections on violence in opposition to ladies on Instagram, correcting the actor’s assertion that “oppression is a choice”.
The actor had posted a message on Instagram to handle a slap scene from his drama Laapata that was being broadly shared on social media. The actor had posted that the explanation he’d taken on the position of Daniyal within the drama was to “prove that oppression is a choice”. “If any insecure man with his fragile ego tries his ‘so called’ muscles on you, make the choice that Falak did without any fear,” he had written. “One tight slap back from a brave woman to such weak man in our society would be a giant leap for women kind.”
Drama serial Laapata is presently airing on Hum TV and stars Rasheed, Sarah Khan, Ayeza Khan and Ali Rehman Khan. In a earlier episode, Rasheed’s character Daniyal was on the receiving finish of a slap from Falak (performed by Sarah) after he slaps her.
Faruqi replied to Rasheed’s publish, saying that oppression is “not a choice”. “It’s a hard reality,” she wrote. “Thousands of women are oppressed daily not because they chose to be oppressed but because they don’t have the choice to hit back or leave. Marital rapes, domestic violence, acid victims, child marriages are rampant because the victims are helpless physically and financially. They suffer in silence and those who do muster the courage to fight back are either silenced, murdered or divorced with no where to go. The victim blaming never ends, it’s a vicious cycle.”
Rasheed then replied to Faruqi’s remark by way of his Instagram Story. “With all due respect ma’am. Then how can we break this vicious cycle? If thousands of women are being oppressed daily, how can we change that reality?” he requested.
“The main reason why women tolerate all this injustice is because of fear, the norms and taboos that have been created by our unsophisticated society. And now this fear is becoming a mindset for these women and the only thing that can change this mindset is an idea. An idea of not being oppressed, tolerant or fear any injustice or abuse by the spineless men of our society,” the actor reasoned.
“The ‘slap scene’ depicts a woman standing up for herself and saying no to violence which is a step towards breaking that vicious circle. Oppression is a choice, an idea for the generation to come where no woman should accept being abused or oppressed due to the society norms and if she does tolerate being oppressed then that is her choice not a mindset anymore,” he wrote.
The ‘slap scene’ stirred controversy on social media after it aired. Whereas many supported the scene as a a lot wanted depiction of a girl defending herself, there have been additionally those that criticised the scene and stated violence in any type shouldn’t be condoned.
What Rasheed does not appear to be getting is that by saying that “oppression is a choice” he’s making it appear as if ladies are selecting to be oppressed. Not everybody has the flexibility to slap their abuser and stroll away. Many victims do not have wherever to go and have little to no choices in the case of supporting themselves. Whereas a cracking slap makes for good TV, it does not at all times work in actual life.
We respect the sentiment behind his phrases — that individuals ought to stand as much as abuse — however the sufferer is just not at all times ready the place she will be able to rise up with out penalties. To say then that the sufferer is selecting to be oppressed is akin to sufferer blaming. What Faruqi is saying holds weight — not everybody has the choice to hit again and it is vital for folks to know that.