#Me Too Movement in Pakistan remained a hot potato for a few months in 2018 when women from film industry and other social sectors began sharing their alleged stories of sexual harassment by fellow male workers. As most of the complainants could not prove their case, so the movement gradually starts losing its ground and now no body in Pakistan talks about it but the issue is still a highly debatable topic in rest of the world where new cases are constantly reported from time to time.
Women Rights Issue in Pakistan
Before discussing in detail Me Too Campaign and its
impacts in Pakistan, let’s first understand Who started Me Too Movement and
Started The Me Too Movement: Me Too Movement was
started by an Afro American woman Tarana Burke but it got high public attention
in 2017 when Alyssa Milano encouraged its spread by using a hash tag before it.
In 2006 Tarana Burke after experiencing sexual violence began using the phrase
“Me Too” to raise public awareness and to encourage sexually molested women to
speak up publically. The movement however picked up momentum in 2017 when New
York Times on October 5, 2017, published an article containing multiple
allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer Harvey
Problems With Me Too Movement
Too Stories in Pakistan: On 19th April 2018,
Pakistan’s prominent pop singer Meesha Shafi accused fellow singer Ali Zafar
for sexual molestation. In the beginning people supported her and asked her for
taking legal steps against Ali Zafar but when she failed to prove her case
public support for her case vanished gradually.
The same year Pakistan’s famous comic actor Junaid
Akram and prominent philanthropist Faisal Edhi, son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, were
also accused for sexual harassment but again the complainants could not prove
Causes Of Failure Of Me Too Movement in Pakistan: There
are many reasons of the failure of Me Too Movement in Pakistan. Some of them
are listed below.
- Problems With Me Too Movement:
There are many inherent problems with Me Too Movement which should be solved
first before its application in Pakistan.
- A Western Concept:
There is no doubt that Me Too Movement is a western concept and people in
Pakistan have been observed reluctant for most of the time towards western
concept and culture.
- Demonstrated By Elite Class:
In Pakistan Me Too Movement was launched and demonstrated by women of elite
class who relatively enjoys more freedom and comforts as compared to other 95%
women of the country. Sexual abuse is the real problem of these 95% women of
- Personal Motives:
Me Too Movement failed in Pakistan because of its possible use for personal
motives by some women.
Of Me Too And Similar Movements in Pakistan: Most people in
Pakistan believed that on one side if Me Too Movement is helping maltreated
women to stand up and speak for their rights and sexual abuse on the other hand
it is devastating our social fabrics as well. According to them such movements
have destroyed social and family systems in west and now many liberal minded
Pakistani feminists under the tag of Me Too are trying to destroy social
culture and family system of Pakistani society. As per them movements such as
Inkaar Karo launched by Angeline Malik and Shameless
Proposals (a cartoon web series) by Sadia Jabbar are working on this propaganda
but they must be kept in mind that such movement will not only destroy our
social culture and family system but it will also push Pakistan backward as
such movements cannot fit in our society.