Slapping Gauhar Khan with the ‘Muslim’ card

Published: December 4, 2014
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Gauhar Khan didn’t ‘buy’ the excuse of religion either but thought her choice of attire was personal.

It was interesting to read the incident about Gauhar Khan, the Muslim Bollywood actress, who was slapped during her attendance as a presenter at the reality show ‘India’s Raw Star’ on Sunday.

The matter is thought provoking because Akil Malik, the 24-year-old man who slapped her, claimed that he did so because being a Muslim, she was wearing an inappropriately short and revealing dress. After the incident, Malik did not resist arrest, indicating that he was in no way ashamed of what he had done.

Malik’s reason for the slap changes the entire context of the story, taking it out of the boundaries of ‘assault’ into ‘assault in the name of Islam’. However, either way, the slap cannot be condoned. Needless to say, for those who are disgusted with the way Muslim women flaunt their legs, backs and what not in totally revealing dresses, this incident would have been akin to a spray of cool water on smouldering coals. Their first thoughts probably would have been ‘serves her right’. But sentimentality aside, Malik’s act remains unacceptable because he had no right to correct a ‘wrong’ in such a manner.

Khan evidently didn’t ‘buy’ the excuse of religion either but thought her choice of attire was personal. And even if there was an issue, she said,

“We can resolve issues through dialogue, baat kar lete hain (we can talk), why did he have to hit me?”

In her first press conference since the incident, she recalls being as stunned and shocked by the physical contact as she was by the fact that she could be so vulnerable to any sort of attack from fans in public. She said she reminisced for hours over ‘why me?’.

What should be pointed out, however, is if Malik had been present at that show, it must definitely have been with the knowledge of how any woman, Muslim or otherwise, would have been dressed there. He had also undoubtedly seen Khan’s movies too and I don’t believe she wears a burqa or hijabs in them. So why the sudden burst of surprised anger that brought around the slap? If he knew he’d be so offended, he shouldn’t gone to the show at all. If he had pre-planned the whole thing, he deserves double retribution.

Secondly, with what right, as a total stranger, did he slap Gohar, or any woman, like that? He was not her father, brother or husband. Even they are not awarded the right to slap their relative women, even in private, if they transgress beyond their limits. Islam has prescribed a proper way of dealing with wives, daughters and sisters who refuse to stay within limits. But nowhere is slapping on the face a means of rectifying out of bounds behaviour. Thus, if Malik did in fact use Islam to slap her, perhaps acquiring more knowledge about the religion would have been a better idea first. In any case, his reaction was completely out of bounds.

Let’s assume the women of his own house wear burqas and hijabs, hence, the reason for his extreme anger at a Muslim woman dressed like Khan. But in that case, shouldn’t he, himself, have been pious enough not to go ogling at strange women at reality shows? The mere fact that he was actually at the show reflects that his own household is far from conservative. If so, it further accentuates the absence of his right to go around criticising anyone else’s dress code either. If the dresses of ‘Muslim women’ really do bother him so severely, he needs to think of a more effective way to fix the ‘ills’ within the Muslim society rather than slap all the women he comes across in public.

I disapprove of Veena Malik entirely. But if I ever see her face to face, I won’t slap her. I would talk to her to understand what makes her tick. I will find out what the reason behind her flagrant behaviour is but I certainly will not slap her – because there is a proper way to express disapproval.

The Gauhar Khan case needs to be dealt with as an uncalled for assault on a woman in public. The Islamic perspective used by Malik needs to be set aside completely. He should not be supported as being ‘right’, ‘correct’ or ‘moral’ under the guise of being the Muslim Morality Force. No one should be given the liberty by the public or through the media to use Islam as an excuse of slapping any woman. Acts like this denigrate entirely the spirit of the religion.

aalia.suleman

Aalia Suleman

A freelance writer and poet who is keenly interested in the status of women in 21st century Pakistan. Her writing also zones in on Pakistan's new social and political status on a redefined global chessboard. She has a masters degree in English Literature and blogs and invites debates at 'Socio-politically Pakistani'. She tweets @aaliasuleman (twitter.com/aaliasuleman)

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

  • Sami

    What is your point in this article?Recommend

  • sharabi

    His Action was wrong but Intention was right.Recommend

  • wb

    You have missed the basic reason why one tends to act violently in the name of religion. Why is that Muslims (for the sake of sham political correctness let me say, a majority of Muslims) across the globe tend to be extremists.

    It took a man to hit a woman of fame on stage, knowing well he will be sent to prison. No doubts about that. Now imagine in the privacy of their homes and mohallas and streets and ghettos, how many Muslim men abuse their women (daughters, wives, sisters, mothers) psychically and otherwise, which rarely if ever reach public domain.

    Now, the most important thing about where they’re learning such behaviors from? Where are they getting emboldened? In many cases, an overwhelming majority of such cases, it’s the Mosques and the Madrassahs. The bayans (as you know as Qutbas delivered from the minbars (which apparently don’t exist vastly in South Asia) and the teachings of Madrassahs are producing such extremists. Instead of churning our millions and millions of productive youth, who can do good jobs and contribute something to societies they live in, these mosques and madrassahs are producing violent, confused, angry, depressed youth, who are going on to be just a burden on the society.

    In my opinion, an overwhelming majority of Madrassahs should be closed. Only enough should be left so the needs of Islamic institutions can be fulfilled each year.

    And it is so sad that the product of these Madrassahs, who tend to be very poor preforming students and dull products tend to be the Ulema of Muslim community teaching another generation of dull/unintelligent Ulema.Recommend

  • cally

    No both were wrong,nobody has the right to demand that someone else follow their interpretation of religion.Recommend

  • hadi

    I hope he rots in jail for a long time away from the Muslim women he desperately wants to control..Recommend

  • Xman

    @ wb : Let’s not dump all the burden on madrasas and steer clear of a more fundamental problem.

    As a Muslim, the guy was doing his job as per the PVPV doctrine which at the core of Islamic faith. Realistically, Islam has many dimensions, some good (social justice, personal hygine, etc.) others vice (fatalism, creationism, exclusivism etc.). Problem is flexibility to interpretation, and rigidity in the mindset of the followers who don’t believe in adapting, and formalising directives according to times and place. Instead, any marginalised individual, in the hope of greener pastures after death, is encouraged to “correct the wrong”, without really worrying about immediate or long term “worldly” implicationsRecommend

  • ajeet

    The lady says that the man doesn’t represent the Muslim community. The man says that the lady is not Muslim. Seems like too much confusion here and needs a common certification agency which would certify that you are a true Muslim or not.. She must thank her stars that She is in India and not in Pakistan.Recommend

  • ajeet

    His intention will lead to 2 years jail. And then his action and intention will change once he comes out as the Indian jails are not very friendly to criminals.Recommend

  • wb

    You are a smart human being and you are right.

    Every Muslim must understand what you understand. In fact, every human should understand what you understand about every religion.

    Like every religion, Islam is also full of contradictions, improbabilities, illogical things, good things and bad things.

    Every religion has this, including Hinduism.

    We just need to learn to take the good from all religions and leave out the bad from every religion.

    I wholeheartedly take the advice of Quran to be not wasteful in life, taking care of parents. Quran has some very wise teachings such as every nation has its own prophet or no nation is meant for eternity.

    But we must also understand that there are many vices, like you’ve said. Giving excuses to vices in the name of explanations will only perpetuate the problem.

    Most importantly, we need to understand there’s no such thing as perfect. There is nothing perfect in this universe. Everything is flawed.

    Nonetheless, at a practical level, my analysis of Madrassahs and Mosques still hold good.Recommend

  • wb

    His actions and intentions are likely to worsen because of our jails.Recommend

  • Fighter Man

    These vulgar and shameful actors and actress deserve of such treatment.Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    She should have punched him in his throat. . .Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    His action and intention were wrong. If you’re a godly person at heart, no matter what anyone wears, even if their butt naked, you’d still have the purest intentions of heart in mind. If you truly have God in your heart, somebody’s personal clothing would not sway you to act one way or another. The most piously dressed woman could have the blackest of hearts . ..Recommend

  • Milind A

    Are we sure, the guy really meant it.. I mean he doesn’t look like a fundo – no beard, nothing…
    As a cynic, I think Gauhar Khan probably has done a stunt for cheap publicity… Something like a Rakhi Sawant in the past…
    However our secular media, that wouldn’t leave any stone unturned if a Hindu slaps a Muslim, seems to be going easy on this one…Recommend

  • wb

    Ok. I will give you the benefit of doubt.

    But, what’s an actor’s job? To act. And who acts in India? None.

    They’re all talentless morons. Shah Rukh Khan, to Abishek Bachchan, Salman to Aishwarya, Gauhar Khan to Katrina, Karina to Saif are all talentless, good looking idiots.

    Now, if you don’t like an actor, at least not like him/her for the right reason. For their stupidity. For their lack of talent.

    Not for what they wear.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    She should have slapped him back. I wish each and every woman in the world starts to dole out the exact harm that has been dealt to her.
    I personally would like to meet this man in a dark alley, perhaps I may get “offended” by his fashion sense and get physical.Recommend

  • mahavir

    Author is more concerned of Islam being exposed rather than slapping of Ghaur Khan.
    Recommend

  • Critical

    By slapping Gauhar Khan, what this man is trying to convey is that

    “I’m a pious religious person but I have no control over whats in my pants..I will watch Bollywood movies and attend shows but women shouldnt dress indecently because my self control is so bad that I might get tempted when I see a part of a woman’s body and I might do horrible crimes..

    So,women,please dress properly because you are saving an innocent man to go to jail for rape or molestation and lawmakers,please stop jailing rapists and start jailing these woman who tempt us”Recommend

  • Critical

    Giving “true Muslim” certificates is the easiest way to get away from the responsibility of resolving the issue and allow the perpetrators…

    Well the irony is that all the members of the terrorist organizations think they are the “TRUEST MUSLIMS”

    Now,my biggest question is “Where are these TRUE MUSLIMS?” Do they have a backbone to stand up??
    If they can assemble in thousands to oppose a youtube clip,then why are they silent everytime else…

    Maybe the non-muslims should start this and everytime when someone launches offensive against muslims,we can shirk off the responsibility to correct ourselves just by writing blogs telling they are not “true Christians”,”true Hindus” etcRecommend

  • Lalit

    Such acts don’t need lengthy articles to prove them wrong.He was a pervert who molested a Girl in the guise of religion,trying to portray himself as a Pious messenger of morality.He reminds me of Sri Ram sene(whose Boss almost joined BJP) goons,who vandalized a bar and manhandled some female customers,for drinking and supposed ‘immoral’ behavior.Such offenders should be dealt with appropriate sentences by Courts,and made example of.

    and BTW leave Veena Malik alone,she has changed demeanor after Haj .Recommend

  • hp kumar

    who cares..she is a muslim woman anyway..Recommend

  • Jor El

    how do u know that ???Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    India is not an Muslim country for anyone to judge a woman by what she wears.
    Should he also go and slap the Khajuraho Temples which celebrates Love.
    India is a country which has temples dedicated to human form. India is NOT a Muslim country, it will never be.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    She is in India. As long as she is in India, she is protected by the Constitution of India, which gives her the right to do anything she wants, to wear anything she desires.

    India is not a Muslim majority country, thank god. It is the birth place of Kamasutra, the place where Temples have been constructed dedicated to Female form and Love. She belongs here..Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    She should just convert and get out of such situations.
    Oh wait, if she coverts, she will be facing death of Apostasy! There is no way out!Recommend

  • ab1990

    defending islam at all cost is the aim of this author.Recommend

  • ab1990

    I am stunned by your comment. I dont understand why pakistanis even watch bollywood then!!
    Why doesnt your country ban bollywood then? Why do your actors and actresses come to india in the first place?

    Looking at comments and opinions here it seems to me whole pakistan is under hypocrisy in every field.

    On one hand drones are killing pakistanis everyday and on other hand your army chief recently enjoyed a trip to usa whose people are busy killing pakistanis.Wow!!Recommend

  • sterry

    Don’t watch them. It’s none of your business. Pakistanis who watch foreign films and then complain that the contents don’t agree with their culture are only making fools of themselves. They should develop their own culture and watch their own films. She is an Indian actress and Indian culture is different.Recommend

  • Parvez

    People will try anything for their 10 minutes of fame….and I’m not talking of Gauhar Khan but about the douchebag Akil Malik.
    I agree with you, he has no right to judge another, act on his impulses and then take shelter under the garb of religion……..at least, lets hope he gets punished.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “I disapprove of Veena Malik entirely. But if I ever see her face to face, I won’t slap her. I would talk to her to understand what makes her tick. I will find out what the reason behind her flagrant behaviour is but I certainly will not slap her – because there is a proper way to express disapproval.”

    If you ever meet Veena Malik, why would you only want to know her behaviour, she is an actress, so why not ask her about her next movie? Is asking someone their behaviour without knowing them personally not invading their personal space?

    You seem to suggest that the cause was correct but not the means, how about giving a person the freedom to choose and not give unsolicited advise.

    It is disappointing to know that this incident has happened but I am relieved to know that the man was not a Hindu else all hell would have broken loose.Recommend

  • Prashant

    You are right but in some countries, you would be beaten to death for expressing an opinion of the kind which you have posted here. Cheers.Recommend

  • siesmann

    then stay home rather than go ogling.Recommend

  • siesmann

    He goes to the same jails as everyone else.No special treatment for him for his “good intentions”.And going ogling at those girls was also “good intentions”.Recommend

  • siesmann

    A man?Hitting a woman in public is a Taliban mentality.Yet this “brave man” has no problem watching other girls in the same kinds of dresses.In fact he pays to go get such privilege.Recommend

  • Gujesh

    Gauhar recently refused to marry her hindu boy friend because he refused to convert to islam. So marrying a hindu boy is unislamic but wearing revealing dresses is islamic. It is said that islam has a dress code and teaches modesty.Recommend

  • http://www.mmabbasi.com/ Mohammed Abbasi

    Assaulting a woman is wrong – regardless. Deal with the criminalRecommend

  • raj

    if she were in Pakistan, she obviously would have taken care of the clothes. People change according to the country they live. A lot of Pakistani women don’t wear hijab when they are in UK, US or Europe. It’s India’s culture these days to flaunt more and thats what she was doing. Im sure if she was Muslim and in the US, she (or any other actor) would have done more to get into the profession. Nothing to do with the country man. Please grow upRecommend

  • raj

    totally wrong ideology. I guess you don’t know how many Hindu women and girls are raped and beaten up every day. It has nothing to do with the country or religion. Grow up, open up your eyes. Should I say all Indians are getting wrong education from their schools (religious) bcz few women are getting raped. Think about it before you say thingsRecommend

  • raj

    and what about men who flaunt ?? I m sure you like Salman khan and his musclesRecommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    I WISH my Muslim husband would. I promise he’d never do it again and he’d preach the Gospel to his friends to never raise a hand to a woman. . . .Recommend

  • UtkarshSinghNain

    What have these actors and actresses done to you that they deserve to be punched? Did they punch you? Did they hurt you?
    I think you just have violent thoughts.Recommend

  • UtkarshSinghNain

    Our secular media didn’t leave any stone unturned in this case. It was on every news channel instead of more important. Get out of your victim mentality.Recommend

  • Mind your own business

    why dont u stop watching TV & reading Magazines

    Bad is everywhere close ur eyes Recommend

  • sharabi

    You are little bit confuse, Fist decide if it is a matter of religion or just Vulgarity?Recommend

  • sharabi

    and your point is?Recommend

  • Asok

    He found her attractive. Islam taught him that this is wrong, and that it is her fault.

    (Not my guess. He said so himself after being arrested.)Recommend

  • Sabyasachi

    Point is not if Gauhar was right or wrong.Point is that this man cannot take law into his own hands or impose his morality or lack of it on others .Forget about slapping a woman in public he has no right to use violence against women of his own household.Therefore this psycho need to be dealt with a firm hand and imprisoned.He cannot and wil not be allowed to take refuge in his religion.In India that will never be allowed to happen.Alia is right when she says that he himself is not so righteous when he decides to attend shows that offend him.He wants to have the cake and eat it too?In India personal freedom is valued much more than anything else.What Gauhar chooses to wear is her right.Who is this psycho to decide?Recommend

  • Sabyasachi

    ET you seem to have some problem publishing the truth.Isn’t it so?Why do you always censor the truth?Recommend

  • Gratgy

    He will feel right at homeRecommend

  • wb

    These rapes don’t happen in the name of religion. Also, these rapes don’t happen to teach women to behave differently, because the religion says so.

    So, my analysis is correct.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    My comment highlighting the same issue was not published.I can understand that moderator is an atheist and very sensitive to issues faced by women in a male dominated society..But pl also try to understand that Gauhar herself is an epitome of religious bigotry.. She refused to celebrate deepawali in big boss house coz her religion didnot permit to do so..She broke up with kushal coz of religious differences..so in a sense she had brought this upon herself (this slapping) and now crying foul..where lies the logic??.ISnt that muslim women r supposed to observe burqua in public place..
    I m sorry but I as a Hindu and human being cannot relate to this woman..Its upto member of her community to decide ,how she should dress or behave..Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Which is why when I’m in those countries I’m respectful of the culture . . .Recommend

  • sharabi

    so its ok for you to sit in a bus right next to a completely naked Person?
    Well for me & millions like me its vile behavior, if someone wants to flaunt her/his assets,shouldn’t it be in private property? why go public?Recommend

  • sharabi

    Well dear, It will be, At least what statistics tells us.
    First Afghanistan then Pakistan, Bangladesh, Now kashmir then whole India. That is not a problematic cause. Problem starts when people start to claim they are superior Ghazis. I am a proud Muslim by Religion & Hindu(will remain Hindu) by culture, Problem occurs when people mix religion with Roots,Identity,Culture. By 2040 or max 2050 India will be a Muslim country.Recommend

  • eashan wali

    Isn’t it terrible that living in the 21st century, women are still undermined unable to have the freedom to be who they want. Does a piece of cloth define her morality? Does religion bind a person to this extent?

    Recommend

  • Milind A

    Its not a victim mentality my dear… its lack of trust on the secularists..
    Just airing this news on channels is not important… Why did they stop short of manufacturing outrage as they do whenever its a Hindu on Muslim injustice?
    Compare this with the furore when the Shiv Sena MPs allegedly ‘force-fed’ a Muslim staffer (they were not aware of his religion) during Ramzan and you’ll understand…Recommend

  • asim

    Please don’t buy the excuse he gave saying he slapped in the name of Islam.
    He slapped her in his personal capacity and he should face serious consequences for attaching the name of Islam to his cowardly action.Recommend

  • SyedPk

    @Raj , majority of Pakistani women dont even wear hijab in Pakistan, stop looking to Pakistan through Indian Media, and come and look for yourself.Recommend

  • Spacedout Writing

    Great piece till your comment on Veena Malik. Seems like you have a problem with her ‘flagrant behaviour’. That is the fundamental problem – the desire to judge other. The man who slapped Gauhar Khan simply took it to the extreme.Recommend

  • Sane

    You mean constitution of India also let women to roam free of clothes? At public places. Wow…..what a liberty!!!!Recommend

  • Sane

    What a discussion between you and Fighter Man. I’m impressed.Recommend

  • Jor El

    One is glad to be of service – Andrew Martin …Recommend

  • I am a Khan

    Islam has no vices. It is divine. It depends on what you consider to be a vice. If you consider giving charity or forbidding alcohol or immorality to be a vice, only then could you have problems with Islam. But because Islam is divine, if a human has problems with Islam, then its their problem. If a human has a problem with God, then its the Human’s problem and they are doomed.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    Contradiction: “Nothing to do with the country man” and “:people change according to the country”?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Our Constitution empowers them to do what they wish. It ensures there is no law which is against that spirit.
    Compared to our Constitution, since yours is Islamic in character, it allows laws where a woman has to bring 4 male witnesses to prove Rape.
    See the difference what a Constitution makes?Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    If the end result is the same, what difference does it make if we attribute it to religion or culture or some other thing? Whatever shapes a person’s mindset (in this case Malik’s misogyny) is to be unconditionally condemned. That is why laws passed by people’s representatives and to apply equally to all citizens are superior to theocratic “laws” that make distinctions. I think the Indian Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that certain “laws” (such as rulings by Muslim clerics) have no legal standing.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    No, I don’t buy that. Sure, there is the obligatory boilerplate, but read her comments again.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    You probably haven’t seen long-haired, bearded naked sadhus occasionally parading down a street. It’s not an uncommon sight in India (especially North India) but will cause all kinds of to-do even in progressive Western cities. (But nude beaches and nudist colonies . . . . .) Is naked = vile? We are all born naked (so that couldn’t be vile), but we acquire vileness as part of growing up. :-)Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    You mean “Muslim majority” country? You must be using the economist’s “ceteris paribus” (“if all things were equal”) assumption It took 1000-1200 years for “India” (Ok, South Asia) to go from 0 to 500 million Muslims. I am sure you know the natural resources (land, water, air, etc.) are not growing.Recommend

  • Rehan Ali

    She wasn’t slapped for Islam but because she was a woman. How many times have we read or heard about similar instances which involve any of the male celebrities such as SRK, AK or SK.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Killing people for not being able to put up with someone expressing their freedom of speech is not culture and hence I do not see a reason why anyone needs to keep quiet out of respect, keeping quiet to remain safe makes more sense.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “Well for me & millions like me its vile behavior, if someone wants to flaunt her/his assets,shouldn’t it be in private property? why go public?”

    Why go to a country where such vile things happen, you go to another country and lecture them on modesty while killing infidels at home without giving them a proper trial?

    “so its ok for you to sit in a bus right next to a completely naked Person?”

    Either you have not been to west or you have the same understanding of the word naked as that of Anjem Choudary.

    Have a little more respect for women in the west, it is not their past time to go around naked.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Are you sure his action was wrong? I mean he did not really kill her, just a slap.Recommend

  • Safina Samiuddin

    It has nothing to do with religion, just a sick mind! Religion is too often made the scape goat these days because people have been allowed to get away with unacceptable behaviour when they use it. If they’re taught a proper lesson and dealt with the way they should be they’ll soon learn to stop using religion as a cloak for their outrageous behaviour!Recommend

  • Moiz Omar

    Regardless of what you perceive as “vulgar” and “shameful,” no one has the right to physically assault another person!Recommend

  • abubakar

    Although i don’t support the fact that he slapped her, but he is 100% right about her dress, it’s totally immodest according to islam and this the kind of dress and the act of appearing on tv in such clothes, both are in contrary to the teachings of Islam Recommend

  • abubakar

    You don’t need a certification you can easily look this information up on some authentic and reliable islamic websites, if you do that it’ll prove that her dressing is immodest in the light of Islamic dress codeRecommend

  • abubakar

    Indian constitution doesn’t guarantee any sort of safety in doing/wearing whatever , if it did so many women wouldn’t be getting raped regularlyRecommend

  • Salma

    She is so graceful. She is so charming. She looks like God’s gift. Must one have such a perverted mind as to see evil in it?Recommend

  • wb

    It has only to do with religion.

    Most often apologists want to bail out religion by blaming the men.

    Men have learned these behaviors because the religion teaches them..Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    And What does the man who assaults women deserve?Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    According to you this seems to be a rare case where right intention lead to wrong action. Kudos to your logic.Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    I wouldn’t want to, but the point you fail to realize in your attempt at self righteousness is that even if I found myself in a situation where someone was naked, their nakedness wouldn’t prescribe me to act in a manner that is ungodly either. As I said above, it all boils down to what you have in your heart. Stop making excuses . . .Recommend

  • Aalia Suleman

    ….and defending Islam is wrong?? Islam does not tell you to slap a strange woman in public on account of her clothing. What is wrong with saying that Islam does not condone this??Recommend

  • Aalia Suleman

    Of course. Any religion, Islam or otherwise, is greater than 10 Gauhar Khans put together. If any religion is slandered wrongly and used as an excuse for an act it does not condone, any follower of that religion would be concerned. I don’t why that is seen as a fault….Recommend

  • Aalia Suleman

    My point exactly! Stop expressing your inner hate and frustration in the name of religion. NO religion teaches hate. And neither does Islam. Learn the religion and it will teach you to harness that ‘hate’ inside of you. It will never tell you to slap strange women on stag.Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Deviant behavior does not automatically disqualify status in culture. If a sizeable, yet minority percent of population engages in the same deviant behavior based on the principles against worldly social and cultural norms, then it is indeed culture, particularly deviant culture – as in minor cultural offshoot related to, but distinct aspects that set it aside from the cultural norm establish by said society.Recommend

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Lies. As I said above, some else’s personal choices should not cause you act in a manner that is unbecoming of godly behavior. I’ve seen many people of the opposite sex naked as a medic for years and it has no effect on me sexual. The human body is only as sexual as the individual mind makes it. You can’t control other people’s behavior; only how you respond to it. So let’s stop play “what if” and let’s play mature and grown up. . .Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Constitution has to do with Law making and Rights, genius. It is not about general policing.

    Rape is an act of domination, what a girl is wearing has got nothing to do with it. If so, Rape never happens in Pakistan, where women wear Burqa.

    I hope you know a woman needs to get 4 witnesses to prove Rape, so Rape figures are massively suppressed in Pakistan.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/afghanistan-pakistan/outlawed-in-pakistan/the-stigma-of-reporting-a-rape-in-pakistan/

    In India, cases of violence against women is highlighted and media openly talks about it, which is always good and needed to sensitize people, but the opposite happens in Pakistan.

    As always, you guys are busy burying your heads and pretend the problem doesn’t exist.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    I have a simple definition for “true” muslim” A muslim is a one who can’t pronounce P. The one who can pronounce P is not a true muslim. Bakistan is muslim, Pakistan is not.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Fighter Man fighting against woman. Very manly indeed.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Its not the function of constitution to guarantee anything.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    So, blame the victim and her dress? Act of rape and one’s choice of dress are not related. No one asks for rape. The rapist should be locked up for life (or given a death sentence). What people wear is none of your business. (Unless of course you live in an unfree theocracy and a nation of busybodies.)Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    So, we should take our fashion guidance from religion? That would make for a great looking world – and for mass unemployment of dressmakers and designers, farmers who grow the crops (such as cotton, silk) for a living, and shopkeepers who sell clothing and advertisers who help “create” demand. As if we were back in Mao’s China … or Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Arsha

    Who gives anyone the right to harm or assault anyone? Tomorrow i may feel offended by someone wearing shorts so I beat him up, next day a Taliban guy finds a woman not wearing burka offensive so he will beat her up? In the whole perspective of life and the immense universe how can any of us be so concerned about something as nonsensical or trivial as another person’s clothes. What does it tell us about our own narrow vision of our life.Recommend

  • Anthony Gonsalves

    India is launching satellites in space and revolutionizing the world with technology while Pakistan sits on its butt providing nothing of value. It’s so boring to care about what women are dressing like or whether or not some fictional diety is happy with you. India, America, Europe, these places drink, party, eat pork and they rule the world while we’re taught to be pious and just clean everyone’s toilet. It’s trash. All that matters in this world is what you do with the time that is given to you. I want to be rich and have a good life for me and my family and I think you do too. Do you really want to be poor and waste your time worrying over such stupid things like what some mediocre actress is wearing?Recommend

  • hp kumar

    .No Religion can be bigger than humanity..Though your intention is not wrong,i donot know why i m not comfortable with your arguments in support of her.Recommend

  • ab1990

    Your defence wont mean anything anyways. Muslim politicians, khans of bollywood and imams in india are silent and wont even condemn this incident. This shows what type of support the attacker has in my country.Recommend

  • Salma

    Guys are so funny, and so naive. Women should be protected. Why? because we love them. Protected from whom? Other men. How so? Because men have no self control. The sight of a female has their hormone stew brewing. Not very different from animals. So what do you do? Control the unruly male? Oh no. What a stupid idea. Constrict the female? Exactly. The best tool? In the name of religion.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    Reasons – religion, morals, etc. – are a camouflage for the undercurrent of misogyny and violence that flows through a high proportion of males in the Subcontinent (and for that matter in the world). These people need to be slapped often so they change their (at least public) behavior.Recommend