Written By: Ahmad Babar
What started off as a joke on a friend’s profile picture a couple of days ago ended up making me ponder over the true gravity of the issue at hand, ‘honor killing’. Having grown up in a civilized society, I was always told to respect women and it was made a point that I understand the spirit of our religion.
Ever since the advent of media, the dark secrets of the ‘civilized’ society that I grew up in have started to come to the forefront, bringing with them a gruesome picture what what is going on around us. Our oh-so-ever efficient media, despite of the numerous negative points does end up doing a decent job or two at times (when it has no cross border star studded wedding to report on!) And one of these things is highlighting the plight of the women who are subjected to two simple words, ‘honor killing’. Not only in villages and tribal areas, but also in the metropolitan cities these horrendous acts take place and on more occasions than not, the culprits get away with them!
Having thoroughly studied Islam, especially on this issue, I have no doubt in my mind that Islam, which is cited as the reason for most, if not all, of these killings, doesn’t even remotely allows for such acts of violence, in fact, they are against the teachings of Islam. So, that makes me wonder what leads these men, who are in a lot of these incidents supported by women of their clan for one reason or the other, to go for them? Culture? Maybe. Bolted Egos? Yes! Other reasons? Who knows!
Despite of whatever reason cited by these criminals, who in my humble opinion should be hanged and stoned in the middle of the Mall Road, what they do is simply wrong. But, is just pointing this out and writing about this enough? No! What is needed is to educate our people, and by that I not only mean education at schools, but rather we should educate them about Religion, morals, basic human rights, etc.
And trust me, we don’t need a large movement to bring about this change, all we need to do is to A. Make sure that we ourselves don’t do any of these things, B. We educate those around us about them and C. Whenever we see these atrocities taking place, the least we should do is to say that they are wrong.
So ladies and (especially) gents, bring about a change!
Happy Reading! Stay Pink!