Hasan Nisar and nude beaches in Pakistan

Published: March 14, 2014
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Nude beaches are un-Islamic and definitely not acceptable in our country; we, as Muslims, prefer using proxies on the internet!

A well-known journalist, Hasan Nisar was recently criticised by religious extremists and individual zealots from all over the country for a statement he made on a TV show. The most circulated interpretation of his statement has been that he suggested nude beaches in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

I won’t be surprised if the analyst regrets having said something like that in a country where a woman is not just a woman but an honour for her family, sometimes her neighbourhood and in the case of women like Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Veena Malik, for the entire country. From a liberal perspective, the suggestion has been appreciated behind closed doors and it’s obvious why this appreciation can’t make its way to the mainstream.

To be clear, what we’re discussing here is not just a woman. It’s the opinion that a sexually satisfied nation would have more room for progress than a sexually frustrated one. Before we go any further, let us understand sex a little better. Sex is a basic human need without a doubt, unless you’re asexual. And the ratio of asexuality is normally very low to be brought into discussion here.

We all feel hungry, thirsty and you can add a couple more abstract nouns that fit here. Similarly, we have a very basic need for sex and studies confirm that the fulfilment of this need is normally very healthy for us, just like the fulfilment of all other basic needs. It isn’t very difficult for a conscious mind to understand that an unfulfilled basic need can not only lead to bad but downright dangerous consequences.

Think about it.

If you keep a man away from water for a very long time, he wouldn’t refrain from drinking his own urine for the sake of survival.

You may call yourself a ‘proud Pakistani’ but here a woman is veiled, considered a lollipop and forced to believe that she is not supposed to have an identity.

Alas, it really is a shame that even a pet is taken outdoors for its enjoyment and leisure while a woman is an embarrassment if she gets out of the house. These fathers and brothers may refuse to understand the very natural ways of the law of attraction between a man and a woman but it doesn’t change the fact that the person locked in the house is as attracted to the opposite sex as them.

A woman is just as human as a man. So, why is a woman supposedly the one to stay at home? Why is a man supposedly the one to go out and make a living? It’s time we understand that this ‘honour thing’ is nothing but a burden to society. We need to make the world a better place to live in and freedom for all genders is necessary for that.

I’m sure you are wondering what all this has to do with Hasan Nisar’s suggestion.

Well, nude beaches are un-Islamic and definitely not acceptable in our country; we prefer using proxies on the internet instead!

Danish Nazeer

Danish Nazeer

A student, learner and a keen observer, he tweets as @IamDanishNazeer (twitter.com/IamDanishNazeer)

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/shail.arora.589 Shail Arora

    Yep, this is a fair point.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/shail.arora.589 Shail Arora

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard that we Indians are not allowed there?Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/shail.arora.589 Shail Arora

    Here is something to put things in perspective – http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201104/is-rape-about-control-or-sex

    Something closer to home – http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/looking-in-the-cultural-mirror/201301/rape-protests-in-india-the-population-connection

    While there doesn’t seem to be any concrete evidence of any of the proposed theories, it does underline some different reasons behind rapes in different regions.Recommend

  • hammurabi

    HasanNisar is right. At beaches I did not see anyone staring others.Recommend

  • Unknown

    If you have learned the Islam yourself, you would have known that marriage is a legal license for both male and female to have a sex life. I hope you will not confuse real islamic marriage with Arabic or Pakistani culture where specially women have to do lot of formalities for male relatives etc etc.

    In Islam, women is not allowed to work even for her husband parents. It is her husband duty to take care of his parents.

    Again, adults can do anything, but sometime, same thing you can do with or without license. You can drive a car even without a license but state says that without license you drive car illegally. Similarly, without marriage, Islam says that sex is illegal.Recommend

  • daddy Fooks

    LOL..Damn kid ! NOt that we have now half naked models running on the fashion shows, we show indian songs & movies that now must be considered X rated for sure and the whole family sits and watches together , now that is ok … This is a confused set of people in this nation . Recommend

  • abubakar

    Where did you read the word decide in my post?Recommend

  • abubakar

    That’s not the real india by a long distance anywaysRecommend

  • Global Nomad

    TheAverageJoe Is prostitution and contract marriage same?Recommend

  • Catseye

    Osho or Bhagwan Rajneesh believed in free sex, which means exchange of wives and girlfriends for sex. Rajneesh was a cult figure and his ashram at Pune was virtually taken over by wealthy westerners where allegedly sexual orgies abounded. Drugs smuggling, bioterrorism and prostitution – the god was omnipresent everywhere with feet of clay, of course. Simmering resentment and opposition from the otherwise, conservative locales of Pune saw him being thrown out of his Pune ashram. Rajneesh fled to America to find his fortune, which he did.Recommend

  • Catseye

    Is marriage a guarantee for sexual gratification? Why prostitution had been in practice since time immemorial? Why even married men go to prostitutes? Why do married men even stare at other women? Didn’t you hear married men raping other women? Do you have an answer to all these questions?
    Religion has told us to stay away from these evils by marrying in an early age but this is not a guarantee that such evils will not exist in a society because to follow religion in it’s true sense is not possible for everyone. Most people are just Muslims by names but not according to the teachings of Islam. To follow the teachings of Islam you have to kill your ego. How many of us can do that?

    Prostitution has existed in every society of the world, specially for those who can’t control their sexual behaviours.Prostitution has existed in every society of the world because there is a demand for it and when there is a demand then there is a supply. Instead of raping other people’s sisters, daughters and wives such men can go to the brothels to sexually satisfy themselves and when their will be more sexual fulfilment then there will be less sexual frustration in a society.

    Hassan Nisar wanted to say that it’s good for people to be sexually satisfied by having an opportunity to go to the nude beaches and visiting brothels as such places provide sex by consent rather than committing crimes on other people’s sisters, daughters and wives.Recommend

  • catseye

    Yes homosexual marriages should be officially accepted in Pakistan because in this way it will save the lives of so many innocent girls who are being forced to marry gay men in Pakistan.
    Such girls who are being forced to marry gay men indulge in adultery and so many other social evils such as prostitution so why not it be simple and clear cut that homosexuals should only marry homosexuals and stop ruining the lives of innocent people.Recommend

  • Waqar Qureshi

    I did not disagree with Hassan Nisar to be honest.Recommend

  • Ace

    Stop living in the stone ages and join the 21st centuryRecommend

  • Nobody

    Religion does not have to be brought into everything for everyone. If you are a practicing Muslim, by all means, practice. Don’t expect everyone else too. Cheers.Recommend

  • Unknown

    :) Cheers.Recommend

  • harry

    The elders in Pakistani society are hypocrites.Recommend