Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Are you ready to fight back, Sherry Rehman?

If you are a feminist—and you don’t need to be a woman to be a feminist—and you have not felt enraged in a while, do view this video for an opportunity to cry.
Here is a young, energetic woman who has a dream for a just and democratic society for her country; she is sacrificing a lot to see her dreams come true. In a conservative country where many women simply stay at home, this young woman named Sherry Rehman is coming out on the street, raising slogans, wanting a change. And how does she get rewarded for her sacrifices? By being sexually assaulted!
Can someone identify this animal walking besides Sherry Rehman? He is presumably a colleague of hers, but still a beast, a sexual predator for whom Sherry Rehman is not a human being worthy of respect, but merely an object of sex that this animal is ready to exploit whenever he would get a chance to do so.
After watching this video my first reaction was to not mention it to anyone, but I quickly realized what such reticence really meant. Ugly assaults like these keep happening with regularity in Pakistan because we keep silent about them. We pretend as if children don't get molested in the Pakistani society, that young girls and grownup women are not groped, fondled, and sexually battered left and right in our society. Enough of this animal behavior! It is time to break the silence--we owe it to all women in our society because they have every right to live with dignity, without the fear of sexual assault. What Mukhtaran Mai has done to address the issue of rape, Sherry Rehman should do to address the issue of sexual harassment of women in Pakistan. Are you ready to fight, Sherry?

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