Malala Yousafzai, the forerunner of women empowerment and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, fell victim to moral policing by her fellow Pakistanis.
Malala Yousafzai started her studies at the prestigious Oxford University just days ago. She tweeted, “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”
It all started with an unverified picture showing Malala sporting jeans, boots and dupatta, walking on the streets of London. In a matter of a very short time, people started shaming her for her distasteful attire. Hate from all around started pouring in as people judged her for her choice of clothes.
“How long till the scarf is off too?”, one user said.
“journey from malala to oolala”
“Im not sure this is Malala or Famous innocent girl Mia aka burj Khalifa”
want a nobel prize and getting admission into Oxford University? Step 1: get shot 😛 #MalalaYousafzai. so much for women rights advocacy lol
— Mr Nobody (@byhramkhan) October 10, 2017
— Sadaf Khan Nawaid (@sadafnawaid) October 15, 2017
— Muhammad SA Khan (@ShehzadAshraf5) October 15, 2017
However, despite the countless other rants like these, there was also a show of support for her.
“Leave her alone… She is the only Pakistani to address the Canadian Parliament and represent her faith…. More than you losers out there… Who are mere keyboard warriors…. Leave her alone.”
“She is living in London and despite that she has duppata on her head..So dont make an issue a non issue..In Asia including india and pakistan many muslim women wear revealing clothes even living in conservative societies bt this girl,Malala,has atleast put duppata on her head in a country where there is no concept of duppata and hijab..So mind ur own business and let her live her life.”
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) October 15, 2017
Author and columnist Mehr Tarar took it to her twitter saying, “Finally, a picture of
@Malala where she is just being a normal young woman. It’s quite remarkable how her head is always covered…”
What #Malala wore in UK, is pretty common in Pakistan as well. Stop creating a fuss about it. Let others live their life, at least fir once.
— Arsalan Ahmed Jaraal (@arsalanjaraal) October 15, 2017
— ChaiNotCoffee (@ChaiNotCoffee) October 15, 2017
#Malala was looking super chic in that picture.
Shut up you all.
— Hina Safdar (@hinasafi) October 15, 2017
More power to you Malala. As this tweet sums up the controversy appropriately – what a woman wears is still more of a debate than issues which actually need attention in Pakistan.
A nation that doesn’t have enough electricity, food or water resources but it debates about what a woman should and shouldn’t wear. #Malala
— Snober Abbasi (@snobers) October 15, 2017
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