In the southern Indian state of Karnataka, a 19-year-old girl stood courageous in front of an angry mob, and now her echo is being heard all around the world. While discussions were going on in India, protests have also started in different cities of Pakistan for two days. The women’s wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami staged a rally supporting the courage of a girl out loud.
Former Jamaat-e-Islami MP Samia Raheel Qazi said she is an example of resistance worldwide. The UN Charter allows everyone to dress as they wish. So why do they object to a woman wearing a hijab?
She said that she has been running the hijab movement for twenty years. “During this time, we saw a female minister in the 1990s being fired for wearing the hijab,” she said; she is now Ambassador to Malaysia. The slogan of “Allah ho Akbar” and her way to deliver it in the face of the mob is an example for us; she had no fear in raising her voice for her right. Samia said that many of the journalists in India have also supported her courage.
However, a faction in Pakistan considers the recent slogans of ‘Women should wear whatever they want related to India’s new event. She wanted to wear the scarf, so she must be supported, and many do not want to wear it. So they should also be supported. People in Pakistan support the former situation and are upset that the latter one is a double standard. A great example of double standard is the Women’s March, where women are awarded all sorts of titles for raising slogans like ‘My body is my will’ and FIRs are registered every year.
Talking about this, one of the organizers of the Women’s March said, “Pakistanis have a very narrow mind. So far, I have been confined to my home for raising only one play card in the last year Ourat march for so long. She justified it by saying that since wearing the Hijab reflects our collective thinking, so, t is being strongly supported in Pakistan.
Speaking on the same double standard, journalist Shiraz Hassan wrote, “Most Pakistani men are praising Muskan for speaking out against Hindutva, but whenever a Pakistani girl shows such courage, she is approached by a crowd of men.”
Similarly, some female users wrote that there is no difference in the courage and enthusiasm of the girl who wants to cover her head and women who raise voices to take off the Hijab. But here, the girl’s slogan is different from the slogan ‘mera jism meri marzi’. The latter has been associated with the thing that only means ‘taking off hijab’. In the true sense, this slogan means that whatever I want to wear or not to wear should ultimately be my will.
“I would not call the support of smiles in Pakistan a duplicity or a double standard,” Raheel said. Pakistan is an Islamic country, and the Qur’an says to wear a hijab. But, at the same time, men are also forbidden to perform their duty in enforcing Hijab.
Analyst and journalist Mehmal Sarfraz said that Pakistanis have double standards “we like journalist Rana Ayub in India, but we do not like Asma Shirazi here.” We also have the example of Asma Jahangir.