The recent issue of ”Aurat March” and the slogan “Mera Jism Mera Marzi” has reached another level. Eventually, Pakistani actor Ahmed Ali Butt also jumps in the controversial bandwagon with his piece of opinion on the matter.
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Recently, through an Instagram post, Butt asserted that the slogan “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” is a Western drive that is now being implemented domestically. In his recent story, the actor spoke about how the slogan, which is against Pakistan’s cultural values is being encouraged in the country before the upcoming “Aurat March”.
”I have even less sympathy for people who exploit the so-called ‘Mera J Merey XYZ’. It’s a Western campaign which supports, make abortion legal, abolish the ban on organ sale and make prostitution legal,” Ahmed mentioned in the post.
Ahmed Ali Butt then compared Islam with the influx of feminists movement devastating the cultural propositions. He further added, ”When it comes to women’s rights, Islam has the most rights and respect for women. It’s sad to see how we forgot that and follow a trend and funded movements.”
Moreover, “It’s funny to see the level of hypocrisy being sold on social media and how everyone jumps on the # band-wagon and wants blood.” He also talked about the recent controversy of Khalil Ur Rehman and Marvi Sirmed. He wrote, “Kalil abused on television & Marvi on Twitter. Both are wrong and disrespectful, I have no sympathy for any one of them.”
Does the infamous ‘Aurat March’ respect cultural boundaries?
Notwithstanding Butt’s point of view, the flagbearers of ”Aurat March” on many events have explained that the slogan is about physical autonomy and freedom for women.
Previously, ‘Aurat March’s official account on Instagram clarified what really the slogan means. ”Mera Jism Meri Marzi – means that women want bodily autonomy and independence. To be able to have the right to choose in matters concerning their bodies. To choose what to wear without fear of rape; choose who to marry.
To choose whether they want to have children, how many, and when they want to have them. To not have their husbands rape them because they feel entitled to their bodies after marriage; have access to mobility in their day-to-day lives for work and for leisure. To not have their bodies maimed in the name of having their sexuality controlled.”
Is Ahmed Ali Butt pointing in the right direction?
Well, in a border spectrum, what Ahmed asserted is the viewpoint of many Pakistanis. If the slogan means women’s autonomy why don’t it be like “Meri Zindagi Meri Marzi”? Secondly, the majority of Pakistanis support the empowerment of women but not at the stack of corporeal liberty as Islam proscribes on revealing dresses.
Moreover, the main reason for the digital debate between feminists and their opposites is not about women’s empowerment but of their obscene slogans.
What to understand?
As per Ahmed saying that as per western feminist drive it is about making prostitution legal is right. The slogan depicts bodily autonomy, alluding to every autonomy for the body which is against Islam and Pakistan’s culture. Apparently, such a stance has even failed in the west, women in the west still in a struggling position regarding power.
The never-ending cycle eventually, led to gay, lesbian and queer rights, what else they need more? If such autonomy had any power, the women in the west would not have ignited the “third wave of feminism”.
Above all, the nonsense of “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” is hindering a pathway towards the real development of women. On practical grounds chanting such irksome slogans, “Dupatta Itna Pasand Ha Tau Ankhon Pa bandh Lo” will not serve the purpose of women empowerment. May the true feminists work on the logical and real grounds for the actual empowerment of women on Islamic principles, which gives the utmost rights to the women.
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