In Pakistan, people have got two habits in common and they are rampant too. First, everybody must poke his or her nose in other’s matters, and secondly everybody must prescribe a medicine to the ill ones. Whenever people see a boy and a girl going along, either they suspect them or even the more moral-trigger ones question them.
Things are even more hard and embarrassing in the educational institutes and the workplaces, where if a female worker or student meet with male counterpart, she is considered as loose character girl. She gets a lifetime stigma and everybody contributes to defame her. In Punjab University Lahore, for example, the Jamat-e-Islami student wing has taken it it to themselves to question and even beat brutally the boys and girls who happen to be found near each other vicinity.
According to the media news, the terrible incident at a university in Faisalabad where campus security guards found a couple sitting beneath a tree and ‘punished’ them by shaving their heads is an appalling example of the fact that almost everyone in society sees it fit to impose their own brand of morality on others. The fact that the unfortunate couple belonged to a low-income group may have played some part in the treatment they received. The poor after all rarely complain. There are few whom they can complain to anyway.
We talk high about the women contribution in the society and give tall speeches that we are wasting our 50% human resources and we claim high about the equal opportunities and blah blah blah about women potential but in practice, we discourage and threaten the females to not to interact with the male counterparts to take or give help in professional or educational matters.
It’s onus of the liberal and sensible people to challenge to extremists, to come forward and let the Pakistani people decide, brought out the degree to which the society is not aware that extremism is not favoured by people and nobody has the right to shave off the heads of couples in rendezvous. No one should be able to impose their notions of ‘right’ on others.