I was in #Anarkali in Lahore in a burka (nobody knew who I was). I literally had my backside groped and breasts grabbed. NOT by one guy but by 2. Now, my family saw that and I asked them why? I was told it was a really common thing there. Did I deserve that? #Metoo #Horrified— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) April 21, 2018
This is why many women drag their brother or other close male relative to go out shopping. It doesn't guarantee protection but it does lower the chance of getting groped.
The response from some Pakistani men was unfortunately predictable:
Tum apni 2 kori ki publicity gain krny k liay apnay country aur Islam ka naam badnaam kr rahi ho. Pata nhi tum jahil aurat ho kon. Mainay too tumhay follow bhi nhi kia hua lakin phir bhi twitter ne teray jaisi besharam aurat ki tweets meray timeline par show kr di— zubair ahmad (@iiamkingofworld) April 22, 2018
Translation: You are maligning the name of Pakistan and Islam for your cheap publicity. What kind of an ignorant woman are you? I don't even follow you and yet twitter puts the tweets of a shameless woman like you in my timeline.
Let's look at some lovely things that Pakistan has done:
- Murdered hundreds of thousands of East Pakistanis. They got fed up and made Bangladesh.
- Low-level terrorist attacks on India.
- Created and supported the Taliban who destroyed Afghanistan.
- Protected Osama bin Laden.
- Continued, decades-long, killing of the Baloch minority who live in the largest province and who rightfully want their own nation.
Just on that basis, if there was a tournament for The Worst Country on Earth, then Pakistan would surely make the semi-finals. However, what really besmirches the fine reputation of Pakistan is ... a woman who tweets about sexual harassment.
The word qoum means nation:
*Man is accused of blasphemy*— Hamna Zubair (@hamnazubair) April 21, 2018
Pakistani qoum: BURNNNN HIMMMMM
*Man is accused of harassment*
Pakistani qoum: Whoaaa, let's slow it down here, innocent until proven guilty na, things aren't always as they seem right, I mean who knows, I mean what if—