Pakistan university found a bizarre and an absurd way to encourage respect for women and the protection of their rights. It has planned to replace Valentine’s day with ‘Sisters’ Day’.
Yes, you read it correctly. And, if you find it disgusting, silly and stupid, then we are with you.
As per the Tribune, Zafar Iqbal, the vice-chancellor of Faisalabad Agricultural University has issued the order.
From the depths of the limited wisdom, he shared that ‘Sisters’ Day’ has been conceived with the aim of promoting respect for women.
He further added,
“Unlike in the West, our religious values encourage respect for women and guarantee the protection of their rights.”
But this leaves us confused as we want to know why women in the West find themselves much safer and empowered than their counterparts in the East.
But, definitely, people saw it as an act to curb expression rather than an act to drive women empowerment.
#FaisalabadUniversity If you are so concerned about your sisters’ wellbeing, why don’t you pledge to allow them to inherit equally. I bet that would mean more to them than this monkey’s tail of a day.#SistersDay.
— Shaan Taseer (@ShaanTaseer) January 14, 2019
If Faisalabad Uni wanted a #SistersDay, they had 364 other days to choose from. To pick 14th Feb, the one day dedicated to non-platonic love shows a desperation and cultural paranoia more than any genuine regard for their sisters. 1/2
— Usama Sarfraz (@UsamaSarfraz19) January 14, 2019
Faisalabad University’s men to give women scarves & burkas instead of flowers on Feb 14 – calling it sisters day.
What the fuck! Men need to stop deciding how women should dress. The way to make men behave is not by making every woman around them into their sister & cover her up.
— Anam Rathor (@AnamRathor) January 14, 2019
Not Lover’s Day, It Is #SistersDay on 14th Feb in #Pakistan!
This is #NayaPakistan‘s New version where politicians and institutions can do anything to curb the freedom of the youth…!! https://t.co/UzNsRSMR1j
— Sabah Alam (@AlamSabah) January 14, 2019
It hasn’t been long since a famous Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, who rose to prominence for raising her voice about various controversial issues, was murdered.
She was murdered by her own brother as her social media posts were considered bold and outrageous by the largely conservative Pakistani community.
If the country that mutes the voice of their daughters, believes that by replacing valentines day with sister’s day they can preserve the culture of respecting women, then they are only fooling themselves.
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But this is not the first time that Valentine’s Day has been in controversy. Back home in India too, we have had our share of rechristening Valentine’s Day. Some people demanded to celebrate Valentine’s Day as ‘Matra Pitra Poojan Diwas’ (a day to honour one’s parents).
Rather than focusing on swift judiciary, stringent laws and awareness campaigns among citizens, why are countries focusing on curbing the expression of love?
Shouldn’t we focus on helping our kids in learning the importance of CONSENT?
Can’t the expression of love and respect co-exist?
Do you feel a country can drive a culture of respect by just switching the valentine’s day to sister’s day? Please let us know your thoughts.
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