Veena Malik and Shaan Shahid Slammed and Schooled for Their Comments on ‘Aurat March’

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Several cities of Pakistan saw a sea of women coming together in solidarity and promoting the spirit of Women’s Day with the “Aurat March”.
Equipped with witty posters and placards, women gathered in public spaces in major cities, including Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad, and Hyderabad, stating their resistance to patriarchal norms.

It’s been four days since Aurat March was held on International Women’s Day, however, the rage over posters and placards still continues. The placards and posters, which called for ending sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, stopping both offline and online harassment and reproductive right, were only some of the issues highlighted by women in this year’s rallies.

The rage has also extended to some of the celebrities.

Shaan Shahid, who has been the face of Pakistani cinema for decades and Veena Malik, a Pakistani actress, TV host, reality television personality and model did not really approve of the ‘Aurat March’, but do their opinions matter?

Shaan twitted how ashamed he felt of the posters of the ‘Aurat March’. He thought these posters were “not freedom” but “verbal nudity” and “do not represent our culture, our values and the respect we have for our women”.

In another tweet, the actor posted pictures of some posters and wrote, “#respectforwomenfirst No brother can see this poster in the hands of his sister.”

Several, including writer Ahmer Naqvi bashed Shaan. Naqvi asked the actor if he has seen his own films, and made a collage of some scenes from them. 

“Acting is a choice taking on a role that is exploitative not a majboori,” Naqvi said in response to a tweet. To which Shaan responded, “You can’t comment on actors you aren’t one, what choices they make are needed for the professionalism they represent .. where is our freedom of expression?” The tweet once again led to people questioning the hypocrisy in Shaan speaking about “freedom of expression”.

Another Twitter user wrote, “Lol at Shaan being a champion of Pakistani culture, values and respect for women when his films blatantly sexualize them and reduce their existence to a mere prop to exert the ‘masculinity’ of his character but God forbid real women to call out this misogynistic culture.”

In response to which, the actor wrote, “#Ibelieveinauratpower if I didn’t believe in March I wouldn’t support my wife and daughter going to it. They were at the venue holding play cards [placards], my father’s song was sung at the March in Lahore, but they left. They also felt that some words could have been written differently.”

Veena too took to her official Twitter handle to explicate her views on Aurat March event asking “Who planned and funded this controversial #auratmarch2019. Because this brought humiliation to women of Pakistan instead of Anything positive like empowering them etc…!!!”

Twitter users were quick to slam and school the actress.

Actor and singer Ahmed Ali Butt also took to his Instagram handle to criticize women and their efforts.





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