Being groped, harassed and video-taped on Independence Day

Published: August 18, 2015

He attacks a lady sitting on a bike by grabbing her from behind, gyrating against her, and then continuing the abuse for a several more uncomfortable seconds.

For anyone who has an ounce of respect for other beings, the 39-second video, which has gone viral in Pakistan, is difficult to watch. 

In the said video, while on a crowded street at night, a vile young man drabbed in Pakistani national colours, evidently celebrating August 14th, sexually harasses a burqa clad woman. As his friend watches with a devilish grin wide enough to let an airplane in, he attacks a lady sitting on a bike by grabbing her from behind, gyrating against her, and then continuing the abuse for a several more uncomfortable seconds.

I am not sure how this video found its way to the internet, but it is safe to assume that this was only one of the many attacks from these miscreants during that night.

The video reminds me of a regular topic on the popular Facebook page ‘Halaat Updates’, where women often ask others how to protect themselves from sexual harassment. Some of the men who reply – the geniuses that they are – claim that only a hijab can protect the women of the nation from unwanted advances.

Well, this woman was in a hijab, wasn’t she?

Perhaps, instead of encouraging women to create restrictive shields around themselves, we should encourage our men to give the opposite sex the respect they deserve.

Here is a reminder for all men:

If she is in a hijab, you do not have a right to touch her against her will.

If she is wearing a dupatta and shalwar kameez, you do not have a right to touch her against her will.

If she is in a skirt, you do not have a right to touch her against her will.

If she is in a bikini, you do not have a right to touch her against her will.

If she is naked, you do not have a right to touch her against her will.

A woman is never asking for it, unless she specifically is.

One must also wonder why when a man is raped, no one blames it on his choice of clothing.

Pakistan has a widespread sexual harassment problem, and it isn’t because of women’s choice in clothing, rather, it is due to our mind-sets.

While working on an article on the subject, I reached out to people on the internet, as well as to friends for their experiences with sexual harassment. Within a month’s time, my inbox was flooded by first-hand stories from women with traumatic stories. Startlingly, these were incidents reported by women working at banks, hospitals, TV channels, and other respected institutions. Their harassers were bankers, professors, doctors, and more.

In my mind, the worst aspect of the Arab culture we adopted was the hijab. It may have served its purpose initially, but it has been stifling our evolution as a society for some time now. The hijab as a very concept means a woman must smother her identity because the onus is on her to save herself from harassment.

I agree with the many Islamic scholars, such as respected Saudi cleric Ahmed bin Qassim al Ghamidi, who argues that the hijab is not an Islamic compulsion, but rather, it is a part of the Arab culture which has been confused with Islam. The cleric says that instead of blaming women, we should blame men for not lowering their gaze.

Similarly, other prominent clerics have also claimed that both the hijab and the veil are not Islamic duties. The only part of the body specifically mentioned to cover is the chest.

As for men involved in this incident, I hope they are caught and made an example of. True justice would see them sent to jail with cellmates interested in teaching them a thing or two.

After this blog was published, we received an update on the matter as followed:

Noman Ansari

Noman Ansari

The author is the editor-in-chief of IGN Pakistan, and has been reviewing films and writing opinion pieces for The Express Tribune as well as Dawn for five years. He tweets as @Pugnate (twitter.com/Pugnate)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Faeza

    Disgusting . I was flushed after watching . If I were her I would have come back with a gun Recommend

  • Minon

    who cares…….we are busy commenting on India’s rape incidents and its poverty.Recommend

  • Saj

    “women often ask others how to protect themselves from sexual harassment”

    Self defense. Tazers, pepper spray are a starting point. Though the hooligan in the video deserved far worse.

    Other terrible experiences of 14th August I’ve witnessed include throwing fire works inside passing cars, snatching flags (and more) from others.

    The comprehensive solution is to teach these scoundrels some manners. Where their parents have failed perhaps their cell mates may succeed.Recommend

  • QS

    I am not only shocked rather thoroughly disgusted…Recommend

  • QS

    But I think it was good to pen it down and show the true picture of these azadi kay jayalaz … No wonder we women are asked to stay back home on such occasions rather than experience something that scar our minds, souls and bodies forever… AZADI MUBARIKRecommend

  • Anon

    Pretty sure that’s a guy in a burka.Recommend

  • MSK

    ur asking the wrong question. The Hijabi may not be safe from that guy but the girl has passed the divine test by covering herself nd unfortunately the boy has clearly failed all standards.Recommend

  • Sobha Ahmed Gadi

    ”In my mind, the worst aspect of the Arab culture we adopted was the hijab. It may have served its purpose initially, but it has been stifling our evolution as a society for some time now. The hijab as a very concept means a woman must smother her identity because the onus is on her to save herself from harassment.”

    Thank you!Recommend

  • Seedha Sada

    Was this guy human?I am shocked from what I just saw.Can Chaudhry Nisar please take notice of this animal who degraded a woman in public?Recommend

  • Bunty

    Yes the viel has protected the most…. you know what… ITS HER IDENTITY….

    No one knows which girls was that… otherwise in this society.. no so called respectable would like to marry this girl….

    THE VIEL PROTECTED the identity… no one know who was behind the viel…Recommend

  • Seedha Sada

    And by the way what is it that the author is getting at here?This woman got harassed just because she was wearing Hijab?I shudder to think what that beast of a guy would have done had she been wearing a swimsuit.People have a right to chose what they wear as long as it doesn’t affect the society’s proper functioning.So it is disgusting of you to be so opportunist to use this unfortunate incident for expressing your own contempt for a dress code.Recommend

  • Kushal

    And this is Pakistan. Not India.Recommend

  • Rustam Yaar Salaar

    In reference to this incident, many enlightened people are still arguing that burqa has already ‘worked its magic’
    1. the identity of the girl is not revealed
    2. no one knows that she was molested
    3. she can still get married and no one knows who should they be looking down upon
    4. BONUS: if proven guilty she wouldn’t be lashed in public
    *Facepalm*Recommend

  • Ahsan Malick

    Its really interesting how author is twisting the matter, a lady was harassed so culprit should be the one who gets condemned and punished instead victim is getting victimized because author who pretends to be liberal and promotes freedom of expression doesn’t agree with victim’s choice of a way of life.Recommend

  • cynic

    Why cant the rest if you see the guy is clearly a hindu. Look at his feature, he is clearly a hindu. Recommend

  • Syed Luqman

    Its a guy!!!!

    How come no resistance,… and at 0:28 bura avenger is hugging him back. :) Can anyone of you readers (you are the guys who were there celebrating 14th August) can imagine doing that to a women and coming out home back safely?Recommend

  • Baloch

    what a shame , these guys brought to nation, disgusting.!!Recommend

  • Samina

    Can I please use the worst form of abusive words in my vocabulary for this filth of a creature? his behavior was worst than of hooligans, and I pity his future wife. Rather, I pray he never gets married. Any woman in Earth wouldn’t want such a filthy piece of waste as a husband. Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/waleed.ahmed.1048 Waleed Ahmed

    I agree with u.
    Recommend

  • hp kumar

    where r my pakistani friends…Trust me no one can dare like it doing in india ..Definite punishment and huge political row over the issue was inevitable…Also where r all sati savitri pakistani women who take pleasure in bashing india but gone into silence on this video…
    Et pl have courage to publish my comment.Recommend

  • thriftysmurf

    Was this Karachi? Recommend

  • Etrut

    Very interesting to note that you are writing a whole article against hijab and condemning the perpetrators only in the last two lines………..Recommend

  • wb

    To be brutally honest, to the great chagrin of some of my Indian friends, let me state a fact: North India treats women with utter disrespect. Statistics prove this. Most dowry deaths, rapes, molestations, female foeticides happen in the North India.

    And Pakistan is a part of North India.

    And all of you need introspection.Recommend

  • wb

    You’re a genius, aren’t you? To counter misogyny you’re proposing gun culture?

    Wait a minute, both are widespread in Pakistan, along with pedophilia and incest.Recommend

  • Opinionless Spirit

    yup few ignorant and careless youngster (All Guys) did something idiotic and cheap
    but well guys do a lot of careless things together
    The matter is just blown out of proportionRecommend

  • Commemtator

    It was utterly disturbing video.
    According to Waqar Zaka, the TV host and VJ, this Burqa Case has been solved. He shared this news in a video posted on his Facebook Timeline.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    Effects of Media(bollywood&hollywood) When our youth focuses on drinking/chars this happens. No Islam no morals.Recommend

  • Hasan

    Another RAW conspiracy.Recommend

  • Meenah

    As a woman, I would rather be ‘protected’ from groping and sexual harassment, and NOT be forced to ‘protect my identity’. And that burqa failed to protect this lady from the former. I don’t think, in her traumatized mind, the latter matters much.

    What you have pointed out is correct, though, in that the sickness within the minds of a lot of our men (and some women) is such that women are forced to protect their identities even while they can’t protect their minds and bodies from violation. That sickness is what the author, too, is pointing towards.Recommend

  • Meenah

    Also, anyone who doesn’t want to marry this lady, who has done not a single thing wrong, is not very ‘respectable’ to begin with.Recommend

  • Marl Brando

    WHAT the what did I just see :SRecommend

  • someone

    90% Pakistanis look like Hindu. They were hindu actually. On side note, I got that sarcasm.Recommend

  • Usama

    That’s not close to what the author implied, honestly its this act of beating around the bush that keeps us from tackling the real issue at hand. The author said that a woman’s clothing (or lack thereof) is never an invitation nor a provocation. You shudder to think what would have happened if her burqa had been a swimsuit, do you not shudder watching what already happened? You watched it happen to a woman in a burqa, does that not refute your swimsuit theory?Recommend

  • Etrut

    Very interesting to note that you have written the whole article against hijab and only last two lines against the perpetrators…….Recommend

  • Salman Shareef

    What a rubbish piece of article. Author wants to prove because she is wearing Burqa therefore she was teased. He can’t see that is the burqa which hid her face and she was not recognized in the public or Social media. Just imagine if her face was uncovered, Entire city would have been recognized her till now.Recommend

  • Salman Shareef

    India is even worst than Pakistan where women are openly raped in Buses and roads.Recommend

  • Hijab is a part of Islam

    I agree with the many Islamic scholars, such as respected Saudi cleric Ahmed bin Qassim al Ghamidi, who argues that the hijab is not an Islamic compulsion, but rather, it is a part of the Arab culture which has been confused with Islam. The cleric says that instead of blaming women, we should blame men for not lowering their gaze.

    Similarly, other prominent clerics have also claimed that both the hijab and the veil are not Islamic duties. The only part of the body specifically mentioned to cover is the chest.

    It was nice of you to highlight this issue, but, you completely blew it away Mr. Noman Ansari after posting some wrong facts about the Hijab and Veil.

    Before you go on writing about Hijab and Veil, I’d say, you should get your facts clear. First of all, before following a cleric, you might want to have a look at the Quran and see what it has to say about the Hijab.

    Recommend

  • Salman Khan

    “the worst aspect of the arab culture we adopted is hijab”!!! seriously? I mean I totally agree with that no woman is ever asking for it and hijab must be a choice and not a compulsion but “The hijab as a very concept means a woman must smother her identity”, do you really not know that there are women, thousands of them, who wear it by choice. . I`m not a scholar I dont know if it`s an islamic compulsion or not, and even if it`s not, why shouldn`t a woman wear it if she wants to, and if she does who are you to say that she is smothering her identity. hijab is clothing, wearing it doesn`t make you a better person neither does it makes you any lesser of a person. think yourself, are you not disrespecting women and girls who wear hijab wantingly by saying the things you said!?

    that being said, you nailed it with “The cleric says that instead of blaming women, we should blame men for not lowering their gaze.”, this is the point, men should be constrained and punished if they do such things. I deem it more a matter of law and order than whether women should wear hijab or notRecommend

  • Undhyu Patil

    Hope the cops identify this guy and deal with him effectively.Recommend

  • Khurram Khan

    While i agree with much of what you have said – i really wish you had not used your article to forward your anti-Hijab agenda – which on its own i dont necessarily disagree with – its just in bad taste to do so in conjunction with this incident.Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    After all it was Jasn-e-azadi… every one had right to any thing… and they did anything..if any one feel embarrassed start bashing india it will sense of superiority.Recommend

  • wb

    The fact of the matter is, there is more rapes in Pakistan than there are in India.

    So, your witticism would have worked better if Pakistan had truly been even very slightly better than Indian in terms of rapes.

    You understand? I’m not NOT supporting you. But, I’m asking you to be better.Recommend

  • Bilal

    1. What “features” are you talking about? I don’t see any ‘Hindu features’ on him, if such a thing exists.
    2. How does his religion matter? So that you can take the blame off of your community?
    3. If he was a muslim, his religion wouldn’t have been important because people like you would have clearly known that he is not a “true muslim “.Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    “As for men involved in this incident, I hope they are caught and made an example of”………..
    Hello this is not india where if such things happen police immediately start searching for the accused (especially cases like uploading pics/videos on net)….if this would have been the case in india … the news would have been like all over and there would have been so much of outrage which would have kept the police on its toes…this is pak…. just one blog …full stop…..there’s a huge huge difference in the level of awareness and sense of justice between ind and pak…while here u can get arrested for simple staring …. in pak even u stone women to death …i doubt any action will be takenRecommend

  • Adeel Ahmad
  • forced2

    More disgusted by that chicken guy she was sitting behind not doing anything to stop her being harassed !Recommend

  • Hassaan Khalid

    It’s quiet clear that it’s a guy in that burka.Recommend

  • forced2

    Why, he doesn’t have a humongous nose ?Recommend

  • Hassaan Khalid

    Veil doesn’t protect anyone, the veil doesn’t uplift anyone’s dignity or honor… The Burqa is a tool of oppression, used for centuries by Jews, Christians and the followers of Zoroastrianism to oppress women since before Muhammad (PBUH)… and Muslims only adopted it from the non-Muslim cultures later in the late 1300s.Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    something so usual in pak….as usual no justice for the victim….i blame the high level of illiteracy among women in pak for this ….. many of them are not even aware of their rights…..Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    dats the irony u see….both the problems rape and poverty are far serious in pak….but somehow pakstanis tend to overlook them….and try finding fault of others….take for eg the kasul scandal …. its so huge but everyone in pak is trying to make it a small thing ..Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    must a RAW agent trying to defame pakistan….now that hamid “gul” ho gaya …i hope such illogical theories stop coming from that side….Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    yeah but paks will try to make it look the other way…. they might call him a hindu RAW agent trying to enforce reverse love jihad….lelRecommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    dude noman…..no girl in pak can wear bikini…. plz …or for that matter anywhere in south asia…except for perhaps goa ,india and maldivesRecommend

  • Mishal

    Thank God this is Pakistan. If she was in India she must have been raped.Recommend

  • ABC

    Dear Indian,

    If it was India she would have gang raped on the road and in the video. So instead of trolling here, please do something about your country.Recommend

  • Khalid

    Of course religeon does put boundries on every aspect of life,and i do condemn this act but also dont support authors views

    From your” reminder for all men:”
    It seems every man has a right if there is consent,means a supporter of consensual sex,if any lady with any sort of clothing or no clothing at all,consent is the issue,religeon has got nothing to do with it,if writer does not believe in religeon,but does believe in culture and should go and practice it there,but not in this country,because if i link it to culture writer may agree,but linking it to religeon would definetly annoy author,and i wish the author his “reminder for all men” and lines below it, regarding his own family members,hopefully he will have nothing to do with any act done under “consent”.
    Recommend

  • Hafsa Ahsan

    I think you’re forgetting the part where the person inside the burka is a HUMAN and suffers the consequences of such attacks, she wouldn’t care about what the society says. Do you have even the remotest idea what mental trauma it would cause her when some random guy goes around rubbing and forcing himself on her? Society would mean nothing to her after that, but she definitely would be in shock and would wonder if being woman was a crime and then she would wish she wasn’t a woman and what she did to deserve this. You need to open your eyes and realise it is a person behind the veil, a person like me and you.

    Secondly, “no so called respectable would like to marry this girl” that’s your point of view? So as long as no one know that the women was violated, she is usable for a man. the whole identity thing doesn’t benefit her, but the man who would own her, because the woman she owns is unspoiled, so essentially benefiting the men. That’s your point of view? How about you see a woman for who she is, A HUMAN, instead of thinking women exist for the sole purpose of serving men. You say, “no one know who was behind the viel” why does it even matter who was behind the veil as long as it was a person? it’s high time we stop focusing on what society says and focus on what the person goes through. As long as we keep considering women as men’s property and look at them through the eyes of society, I’m sorry to say things like these will not stop and before you know it, it could be happening to someone from your own houseRecommend

  • Ammarttitude

    He should be hanged, publicly, in front of that very girl at that very spot, but in broad day light.
    And just days ago, i was talking to someone about making the whole of Pakistan, a ‘family’ place where no such person can roam around freely.Recommend

  • rayyan ali khan

    The one in burka is also a boy.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Guys there have been some unsubstantiated rumors that this was a ‘prank’ or it was faked. There is absolutely no evidence of this so far. I feel the rumors spread because we are in denial. We try to make up conspiracy theories because the reality is difficult to swallow. The only picture floating around is the one I am linking. The clothes are extremely different and it seems like someone else. In fact, I speculate that someone found an entirely unrelated picture and just put them together to mislead people.

    Please look carefully. They are different people. The clothes are different. Even the bike is different! Recommend

  • Acorn Guts

    What difference does it make? Harassment knows no geographical boundaries, you lot are as bad as we are and we both should be ashamed of ourselves.Recommend

  • Alann

    He must be an Indian agent, as no Pakistani Muslim will do such a thing. Filthy RAW agents everywhere.Recommend

  • ZPNA

    Disgusting and shamefulRecommend

  • AA

    Hijab never meant to “smother her identity.” Do not twist the meanings to achieve sinister objectives. By calling “niqab” hijab and criticizing it is the most ridiculous argument. Hijab covers her head, shoulders and chest not her face. What ever is used to cover face is Niqab not Hijb and it has no conjunction from Quran or Hadith. Quran does order Hijab by sking women to extend their head dress down over to their chest so that they may not be seen as sex object. The sole purpose is to eliminate objectifying woman body for sexual gratification as it is happening throughout the world. Instead of alluring men by her “curves” she should be impressing them by her wits. Please do not call “Burqa” or “Niqab” hijab as non of them is. They are tribal traditions and symbols of men’s insecurity for the sole purpose to hide women from other more eligible men of their tribes who may snatch them away for their beauty. Islam does not require women to hide behind the veil instead Quran says “extend coverings over their chest so they be RECKON (as respectful).” Not that they be HIDDEN.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Pakistan has a very large percentage of youth under 25 both male and female……the males lack job opportunities, lack basic skills, lack a decent education etc….all leading to a frustrated mindset that results in something that could be termed as stupid behavior……the girl unfortunately was collateral damage and I think it mattered not that she wore a hijab …..the fact that she did, in our society, proved beneficial for her.
    I am in no way condoning the boys behavior, I’m just trying to explain it as I see it.Recommend

  • loke

    indian pakistani and bangladeshi have a tendency to do such pervert acts. more likely than say a westerner . our society is still learning to act in a sensible , moral way. we will get there. till then a strong law should help.Recommend

  • John

    So does that mean, sexual harassment is okay unless the woman’s identity is revealed?Recommend

  • Nana

    No one wears the swim suit and come on the roads. Not even in the West.Recommend

  • Nana

    Good idea. From now onwards boys should be made to wear burqa, complete with niqab so that they can’t see properly.Recommend

  • Sunnaan Amanat

    Parda may or may not be a part of Arab or non-Arab culture.
    Whether u accept it or not, doesn’t matter.
    Recommend

  • Atif Mansoor

    This was a prank. It was a guy in a burka along with his friends. I would suggest the author do proper research completely before going on a rant. Nevertheless I don’t in any way condone this behavior.Recommend

  • Naseer

    She is not a lady brothers, its a group of boys in which one of them is wearing a burqa and the stunt was made just to gain attention…. please watch again and u ll know.Recommend

  • Amer

    I have never ever heard any of my friends, let alone any Pakistan say anything close to what you have put here. Keep your thoughts to your self.Recommend

  • Kashif A

    Really…. Kasur case is also Indian conspiracy? Recommend

  • Human

    It is very sad. It doesn’t matter in which country or by which religion, truth is that women didn’t get freedom in most of developing countries. Only men enjoy freedom, make rules for women. Why can’t they be treated just a human being, afterall we all are human. Recommend

  • Asif

    instead of referring the scholars and clerics, the writer should read translation of Surah Noor to understand the detailed requirements of hijab/pardah in front of different people.
    However, I agree that dressing does not permit anyone for excesses and punishment for such act should be exemplary.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Sad, where women are respected and worshipped, God will only reside there.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    She should come forward and strip this scroundel naked before law enforcement if you have one or before public otherwise.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    The divine test didn’t stopped the groping, did it? May be, Allah was busy somewhere else?!Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Ha ha ha, by that standard you got a lot of Hindus there in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani

    that was a man in burqa, you got to watch the edited video i guess, the whole article is baseless nowRecommend

  • UzairH

    So Bunty – you would be ok if your own sister or mother (or you for that matter, if you happen to be a woman) were groped like this as long as they (or you) were wearing a veil?

    Sorry but your comment is one of the most asinine I have ever read on this newspaper, and I can not believe you got several likes for it. It just shows the mentality of our nation. The success of the Arab brainwashing on us.Recommend

  • Arsha

    Really? She is the victim and innocent and yet she is supposed to hide herself and be ashamed?…. Isn’t that the reason why so many culprits including rapists walk free because the girl has to keep herself hidden.

    We should be encouraging our women to come out in the open and ensure that such people are punished instead of hiding and letting these criminals victimise more othersRecommend

  • UzairH

    I strongly believe that when a boy is taught from a very early age that the only appropriate behavior for a girl is to stay at home and that if she ventures outside she is somehow “evil”, that males have no control over their desire and it is the females who lead them “astray” with the responsibility being solely hers, that segregation is good and merely exchanging eye contact or talking are bad, then outcome is going to be entirely what we see in our society: males are programmed to act like louts. This is why we have so much harassment of women, and not just be street louts but educated men in good organizations.

    I term this way of thinking, the belief that even being in the same room or making eye contact necessarily leading to extramarital sex, lowest common denominator thinking. When we reduce humans to the lowest possible level of behavior and tell them that we do not expect decent behavior from you at all, then we destroy their self-respect and lead to a strong cognitive belief that contact between genders is very bad.

    For those Pakistanis who have been fortunate enough to experience other cultures, in most place in the world this way of thinking does not exist and men and women interact perfectly normally. In these societies “eve teasing” aka sexual harassment is much less extant than in patriarchal tribal societies such as most parts of Pakistan, the Arab nations, and parts of India.Recommend

  • Owais Hanif

    First of all hijab is in our religion not in Arab culture .please improve your knowledge. u have made this blog islamic vs hijab .Recommend

  • Abdullah

    I think you first need to clear your mind-set, First of all you need to respect religious norms & values of Islamic culture. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone & anywhere its not about (Burqa vs Non-Burqa women) even you may become victim of it unitl & unless you won’t promote religious education & awareness in society what Islam has addressed in this regard.Recommend

  • Abdullah

    I think you first need to clear your mind-set, First of all you need to respect religious norms & values of Islamic culture. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone & anywhere its not about (Burqa vs Non-Burqa women) even you may become victim of it unitl & unless you won’t promote religious education & awareness in society what Islam has addressed in this regard.Recommend

  • dronachary

    He has Pakistani muslim written all over him. Only a Pakistani man can do such act ?Recommend

  • Sundas Rashid

    Even as a prank it is abominable and distressful.Recommend

  • UzairH

    Very well written, thank you for writing clearly. I find it sad and bemusing that we need to write such extremely common-sense concepts in a manner that can be understood by our compatriots, who more often than not have been brainwashed into cognitive beliefs an unbiased psychologist would consider abnormal.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    It’s a different outfit and a different motorcycle. Please look again.Recommend

  • Saad Baloch

    Focus point should not be hijab or veil, As it proved by different studies and experiments that Women feel comfortable and more secure as compare to other situation. We should focus on the immoral act by boy and for that he must be punished. Men must repect women and some how I agreed with the author but veil is not an arab culture. before arrival of Arabs people of sub-continent also wear this. Women should not disclose her beauty to others. Both (men and women) must perform their responsibilities accordingly.Recommend

  • junaid

    FAKE – From the video it is clear that they know eachother. and also the person inside the hijab is a guy.Recommend

  • Human

    Awesome ! well written Noman as always .
    spot onRecommend

  • A.kiyani

    You call yourself muslim and defending this shameful act by comparing with India. Well, then accept that you are no better than other religious entities in world, rather worse.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Translated by who? That’s the important question.Recommend

  • Qaiser

    Another opportunity to bash Islamic culture – this time the issue is dress! In your mind the worst aspect of Arab culture was adoption of Hijab? Oh wait, it should have been tight denams and short skirts everywhere, right? This is pathetic. Problem with short-minded Westists is that they have to promote Western agenda at every opportunity.

    You have no sympathy for the allegedly harassed person here. Your article is no more than a vulture’s attempt to cease the opportunity. Recommend

  • hp kumar

    yeah ..try doing it and be ready to be jailed lol..india is not some banana republic as your media like to portrayRecommend

  • Sanam Nisar

    Agreed.Recommend