Sara Taseer belittling Baloch women for voting proves money can’t buy integrity

At a crucial time like this in the country, where voter turnout has been relatively low in the past, perhaps encouragement to the masses from every corner of the nation is needed more than discouragement

To everyone’s surprise, that too a pleasant one, many young and elderly women came out to vote in the highest of numbers this time

In fact, in this year’s tightly contested elections, there was a phenomenal history-making turnout of voters from conservative areas, where women are typically not allowed to partake in any activity that takes place outside the four walls of their homes

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 46

73 million female voters cast their vote nationwide

One such example is of the women in Panjgur, Balochistan, who came out in large numbers despite serious death threats, especially after the Quetta attack earlier that day

In response to this news, many people went on social media to hail this as a big achievement


com/arsched/status/1022069120521707520 However, Sara Taseer – daughter of the slain Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer – went on to tweet a highly ignorant, elitist, sexist, and classist comment, targeting those very brave women instead of acknowledging their effort

Sara stated she would not be too sure about letting these woman decide what to cook in her kitchen, let alone letting them decide the fate of the country

Funnily enough, this came across like an ironic joke, not only because it’s highly sexist, but also because Sara doesn’t even reside in the country she is so “concerned” about

Her tweet is sexist because being a woman herself, she assumes that is all these women are capable of, and classist in the purest sense, as she automatically presumes that these women would be servants working for her, and goes on to generalise that all underprivileged people must be “uneducated”


com/lightermachis/status/1022087184462041089 https://twitter

com/valekhan/status/1022114786346262533 To defend her stance later, she tweeted that like Plato, she believes only the “educated” should be allowed to vote, which in my opinion is quite ironic and contradictory, for if this is the kind of mentality the so-called “educated” elites are banking on to be considered above the rest, then I deeply fear what’s to come


com/sarataseer/status/1022079823470977024 https://twitter

com/sarataseer/status/1022086870119800832 Following this tweet, there was a huge uproar unveiling Sara’s elitist views regarding women of the tribal area

People often say that with money comes power, and with power comes responsibility

However, this particular case shows precisely the opposite of that saying, considering Sara has acted rather irresponsibly, shaming an already marginalised sect of Pakistani society; looking down upon them simply because of their socio-economic status being inferior to hers


com/mshaiq/status/1022107776183672833 https://twitter

com/TheKhadijaAbbas/status/1022113118409969665 One would assume Salmaan’s daughter – a man who gave his life defending a poor Christian woman from being falsely accused against Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws – would not publicly go against the core principles of humanity that he defended so fiercely

Additionally, Sara’s tweet and her subsequent defence of her own ignorance proves that money cannot buy integrity


com/Hafsa_Khawaja/status/1022081826444201985 https://twitter

com/AdamNoahWho/status/1022132014051414017 The fact that there were 1

81 million registered female voters in Balochistan proves that these women were clearly aware enough of the significance of their vote and of the elections in general and had a vision of change for their nation, which is why they came out to contribute their vote in these trying times

Women belonging to the tribal areas are like all other women in Pakistan – they own the right to choose their leader

There is no reason to mock others because of their presumed lack of education, simply because they are unable to afford something as basic as fundamental and constitutional rights, or are not allowed to exercise that right because of the suffocating environment they are raised in, while also not having access to an educational institute or proper means of transportation to get to a school in the first place

There are so many incremental factors, like the ones stated above, which cannot be overlooked or demeaned


com/BhawalMengal/status/1022443242984558592 https://twitter

com/yeldazahra/status/1022087378259857409 Sure, class privilege is great

You get to enjoy all possible perks in life, but don’t let that privilege desensitise you to the point that you forget other people’s struggles or demean others who haven’t had the same opportunities as you to thrive

Instead, use your education and power in a positive way

Women in particular need to start seeing more clearly across the spectrum, instead of belittling other women based on their different intersectionalities, including gender, class, socio-economic status, education, and so on

We need to be more understanding, accepting, and analytically smarter to able to progress, not only as a gender but also as a nation

We expect our government to incorporate more policies that will protect women and other at risk minorities, but if we fail to see other’s strengths and weaknesses for what they are, the factors and reasons leading up them, then there will be no argument to make

Making isolated comments like Sara did is a clear indication that there is so much work to be in done in regards to forming true solidarity amongst women, especially between the elite and lower classes

Date:29-Jul-2018 Reference:View Original Link