‘No more shame, no more excuses and no more blame’: says Mahira Khan

Raba NoorWeb Editor

10th Sep, 2021. 05:55 pm
Mahira Khan

Pakistani superstar Mahira Khan recently appeared on a podcast Positive Solace’, with Attika Choudhary where she sheds light on how whenever a rape case surfaces, public concerns, and questions become heavily centered around what the victim was wearing, where she was, and what she was doing at the time of the assault.

She discussed the problems of victim-blaming in rape cases, the actress said that ‘No more shame, no more excuses, and no more blame.’

While talking about a rape case, whenever any rape case surfaces, public concerns, and questions become heavily centered around what the victim was wearing, where she was, and what she was doing at the time of the assault. “Those are the wrong questions to ask”, the Raess actress said.  Even in the most educated of households, these are the questions that are asked, she pressed, despite the fact that rape happens to women clad in burkas, children in their own homes, and even to young boys, logically rendering all such questions and allegations baseless and meaningless.

Talking about her film Verna, Mahira said, “many found it hard to sympathize with and relate to her character, who was raped in the film, because of the fact that she was someone who wore jeans and spoke English. Simply because of these reasons, psychologically, for the public, whatever happened to her became okay, owing to this very mindset which leads up to questions such as ‘Why did she wear jeans?’, ‘Why did she go there?’, ‘Why did she do this?’. Even though all that is absolutely and thoroughly- irrelevant, “and that needs to be ingrained, if not in the generation before us, then in the generation after us.”

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