All publications of Uzma Akram . Rānīpur , پاکستان
Kind of HUMAN, but not treated as a human being
Transgender, who face discrimination, harassment, and bullying – from adults and kids alike – simply for existing. Moreover, they are left abandoned by their families or compelled to escape from home to join close-knit transgender communities. Why is this so? After all, Allah has made them that was not their sin to be born this way. besides, they deserve the same level of respect and love, as we do.
In contrast, the transgender community has fallen victim to harassment and sexual violence by the police and other powerful men. A very brutal, yet, accurate reflection of the problems faced by the transgender community is the recent ‘Sialkot incident’. There, a group of men from a local gang took hostage of several transgender persons and violated them throughout the night. The victims were brutally tortured, gang-raped, made to drink the urine of their tormentor, and burned with cigarettes. Besides, abuse was taped by the tormentors themselves and leaked onto social media to further embarrass the victims.
Apart from harassment, the transsexual community falls victim to a lack of educational and work opportunities. Since the transgender community is not really accepted in Pakistan, they have limited opportunities in comparison to everyone else. As a result, the seed of poverty begins to grow that results in homelessness or to become street beggars, dancers, and in the worst-case- prostitutes…
Then society blames them for spoiling the peace of nature, and what to say on the peace of those innocent hearts that you have crumpled the whole life???
A girl is always compared to an angel…
A boy is always compared to a bold character…
Then why not a transgender can be called as an angelic bold person!!!
WOMEN: Assets or Liabilities?
We are all born women and men. These are basic categories of human existence; acceptance of them unites religions and cultures. They are invaluable categories of social organization then why a boy is widely viewed as an asset; a future breadwinner, and caregiver who will not only look after his parents when they become old but also responsible for their new breed generation. A girl, on the other side, is seen as a liability, just because their parents are pressured by society to pay dowries when their daughters marry?
In contrast, Male education effects only his family while, when a woman is educated it can have a ripple effect within a family and across generations. Besides, investing in girl’s education yield a tremendous effect over a rotten society because when they know their rights it eventually develops the confidence to claim them properly. Moreover, they will also be less likely to become a victim in human trafficking. Indeed, when they are uneducated they become their prioritized target. Infact, women are the custodians of the values that sustain our society. How we see and treat them will determine the kind of future we create for the next generation. Now, it’s high time to stop debating about their worth and start seeing them as they should be: a valuable asset in society. Women's rights is not a women’s issue. It is human rights.
In addition to this, Women always endure themselves as homemakers and breadwinner as well if needed; however, in our society women are seen as a burden on the household and thankless responsibility. They are perceived as offspring who, unlike the sons, would not carry on the family’s name. Instead, a great amount of money would have to be arranged for their wedding which would benefit the homes of their husband’s families. apart from this, women contribute an essential part than any other gender. they take care of her family, nourish them, protect them like an umbrella in heavy rain, she does not get back in the hard knocks to step outside the home to earn and support her family without waiting for someone's help.
She's an asset, not a liability. She's the backbone. She's the one, not the one of many. She's worth a commitment. She's there to help, not to hinder. Let a woman be who God intended her to be, and your life will be better for it.
What happens when you raise voice against injustice?
While living in the 21st century, when some things are so transparent and open, the rural citizenry of Sindh has its own woeful tales to tell. They are hidden from urbanites, different in contours but similar in theme – extortion, abuse of political power, violations of laws and regulations is what these stories vividly speak of. What makes these stories different is the undertone of rebellion and a search for the straight path instead of succumbing to the crooked and devious.
One significant case from rural Setharja is that of Jogi goth. On Saturday 16th of march 2020, the Family of a reputed teacher, at IBA Jacobabad, was allegedly attacked by despot for just a piece of land. He was not only hurled abused but also threatened to leave the bargain while there is no room for a fair negotiation or face dire consequences. Prior to this, a number of court trials were held for over 4 months to resolve the matter through the law, and finally, when they got possession, this tragic event occurred. Because some people took the law on themselves for a piece of land. Does the question rise that all this because the victim claims the possession of property that belongs to him? Or is that out of fear and for the sake of peaceful life, it is necessary to compromise with louts, who threats at gunpoint and ask to do anything, no matter how wrong it is?
Would we, who believe in nationalism and justice, have to see such a day of misery, when a reputed teacher was brutally beaten by some influential people of a village just for a piece of land that yet officially belongs to him. Was it because he raised his voice against injustice?
This might be the first time they tried to take his land but if measure precautions are not taken, next time he will be left for dead. If we don’t speak up today for the injustice and misery of this case or in general then when tomorrow it is our turn or of someone we care, there will be no one left to speak out against it.