Why did Malala Yousafzai’s Vogue interview result in misogynistic pandemonium in Pakistan?



Malala Yousafzai, the 23-year-old Oxford graduate and an advocate of woman’s training not too long ago gave an in depth interview to British journal, Vogue, that coated a various vary of subjects together with household, marriage, and love. The Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala’s feedback on marriage within the interview got here below sharp criticism after many Pakistanis discovered her tarnishing the idea of “marriage” and its sanctity in Islam. A large number of folks and well-known artists took to Twitter and social media accounts to sentence her stance and accused her of supporting the Western ideology relating to the establishment of marriage.

Inside hours after her remark went public, #ShameOnMalala turned trending on Twitter in Pakistan and folks blamed her for being an ‘anti-Muslim agent’ spreading western concepts. Some critics even gave her loss of life and rape threats together with a cleric in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who vowed to kill her by means of suicide assault when she returns to Pakistan. The cleric was then arrested by Pakistani police after his video went viral.

Malala’s views on marriage obtained widespread condemnation not solely on social media but additionally within the provincial meeting session in KP. In the course of the dialogue about her purported remark, the members of the opposition events displayed sturdy response in opposition to her, asking her household to clear her place.

“[Malala] ought to make clear if she has not made that assertion.”, stated PPP’s Sahibzada Sanaullah. Nevertheless, the ruling Pakistan Tehik-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Ziaullah Bangash praised Malala and supported her. “Malala is the daughter of Pakistani nation who confronted terrorists with bravery”, he stated.

Although Malala’s father, later, clarified her stance when requested on social media in regards to the purported remark of her daughter, analysts preserve that the folks of Pakistan however, have a lesson to study from this episode. They urge the lots to dig into any matter first earlier than making any public feedback about any persona. Leaping on the bandwagon, projecting oneself because the champions of Islam, has been condemned by many progressive activists.

Many who stood by Malala whereas she confronted backlash, urged the general public to learn her full interview. It was noticed that her feedback about marriage have been misquoted as folks simply learn the excerpts from her interview, not its full kind, which led to spoiling her picture.

Shamoon Abbasi, a well-known actor, has reached out to help Malala. “Malala assertion shouldn’t be effectively taken as a result of she by no means stated what all of us are cursing for. Please learn all the interview.”
“Don’t attempt to minimize a particular a part of her assertion … and make it a false sense,” Shamoon remarked.
A superb variety of folks additionally defended her place and acknowledged her function in being an advocate of ladies’s training in Pakistan.

“The truth is that oppression of Muslim girls exists each within the West and outdoors of it and Malala isn’t chargeable for that – political patriarchies and overseas insurance policies are,” notes author and editor Mariam Khan. “Malala has additionally by no means claimed to be the one one combating for the rights of younger women to have entry to training, both,” she provides.

Observers word that Malala has been clearly discovered stating within the interview that she thought that she would by no means get married and an individual shouldn’t be at all times the identical and adjustments as he grows. She additionally talked about that her mom informed her that “marriage is gorgeous” and she’s going to absolutely discover somebody at some point who will perceive, respect, care and love for her. Specialists urge readers to notice the purpose as to how can Malala consider her future companion when on the identical time, she is opposing the concept of marriage.

They additional urge everybody to contemplate that Malala is a younger woman, who is barely 23 years previous, a section of life that’s full of unpredictable occasions and an individual repeatedly experiences change of ideas and builds and rebuilds them as one learns in regards to the realities of life. All of us undergo this cycle and Malala isn’t any exception. Being a Nobel Laureate doesn’t exempt her to really feel and assume like different people.

Critics of Malala’s detractors say that as a substitute of berating her for her uncommon feedback, we have to take a look at the larger image. They preserve that it’s time to shift our perspective and admire Malala for combating with bravery to assist girls obtain training in Pakistan.


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