KARACHI: This Thursday, Geo News Morning Show with Abdullah and Huma made a statement to stigmatize dowry, through an advocacy stunt involving Pakistan’s popular film and drama star Ali Rehman.
Earlier last week, Ali Rehman made the surprising announcement through a video on his Instagram feed that he was getting married. He then invited the entire nation to his wedding, which was to happen live on national TV. Ali, however, did not disclose who he was getting married to.
The celebrity finally revealed his shocking “bride” on a segment of the Geo Morning Show – from the doli, instead of a bride, appeared ‘dowry items’ that Ali was getting married to: a sewing machine, car keys, kitchen appliances, and gold jewelry amongst other such items.
The stunt was part of a campaign initiated by UN Women Pakistan to discourage the practice of forced dowry and related violence. It showcased how this practice makes a bride synonymous with material things like utility items, cash and gold. The expectation of giving dowry to the groom’s family has been burdening the families of girls with the pressure of spending more than their means and, in many cases their entire life savings, on their daughter’s wedding. Many marriages in Pakistan involve the transfer of dowry from the bride’s family to the groom’s and often brides are punished for not bringing enough dowry items through emotional abuse and bullying, deprivation of basic needs, and even to the extreme of killing with stove-burnings which are shown as accidents.
Also participating in the show to provide insights on the issue of dowry violence were Saman Ahsan from UN Women Pakistan, and Saman Jafri, former parliamentarian who worked on drafting a bill on dowry violence to be presented in the National Assembly. The well-known religious scholar, Mufti Muhammad Naeem was called on the show through a video call and gave the message that demanding dowry is not acceptable in Islam. A special message from Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, Dr. Qibla Ayaz was also aired, who stated that: “Islam categorically discourages the practice of demanding or expecting dowry from a bride’s family. Islam strictly prohibits showing-off of wealth, extravagant spending on weddings and other ceremonies and burdening the bride’s family with demands of material good.”
In 2012, UN Women and SACHET conducted a study that found that “Dowries are often a monetary deal between two families: the bride’s family that fulfils the demands and the groom’s that makes demands. Such cultural arrangements completely violate the dignity of women and the quality of their personal relationships.”
With this campaign, UN Women aims to not only highlight the issue but also discourage the practice by portraying it as a form of abuse. They’ve coined a new Urdu term ‘Jahezkhori’ with the aim to stigmatize the practice and change attitudes and behaviors towards it. The campaign goal is to encourage people to demand an end to the dowry practice by stating #StopJahezkhori.
Ali Rehman’s stunt was the launch of a detailed campaign that will be followed by inviting civil society members, celebrities, bloggers and influencers, beneficiaries from rural communities and people from all walks of life to support the cause. The campaign took over conventional and social media news as henna laden hands were displayed with a symbol saying Jahezkhori Band Karo (Stop the Dowry Practice).
This campaign aims to transfer the stigma from those who are put under pressure to give dowry in return for marrying their daughters, to those who feel entitled to take dowry and to perpetrate violence if their demands are not met.
In conversation with Sadaf M Khan
We spoke to the super talented Sadaf M Khan of Boulevard One about her amazing events, client stories and the key to hosting the perfect event:
When and why did you decide to start Boulevard One?
Boulevard One startrd in 2012 and introduced the latest fashion trends from South Asia to an international platform like dubai.
What is Boulevard One’s mantra?
To conceptualize and execute a fabulous shopping experience under one roof
What makes Boulevard One standout amongst others?
Our selection of designers and our personalized presence at our events to assist all shoppers and exhibitors.
Describe yourself in three words.
SMK. Helpful, honest and caring. At least I like to think so.
How do you deal with competition?
Keep our focus on maintaining highest standards of our brand Boulevard One instead of fearing competition.
Any horror client stories?
There all kinds of people we deal with, phew! It takes a lot to handle so many attitudes!
It truly is shocking to see how some clients can be!! haha
Something different you are planning to do this year?
Yes we have many projects in hand…stay tuned!
When hosting events or setting up for an event, what’s the key to a perfect event?
Concept, coordination and cooperation.
One film role you think you could have played better or you think you can relate to.
Autumn in New York
What are the Hashtags that describe you.?
Which is your Favourite Website?
WATCH: The most anticipated games of 2019
THE LAST OF US II – The second installment of the critically acclaimed game will be released in summers of 2019.
The second part sees Ellie and Joel continue their journey. Be prepared for the emotional roller-coaster!
The third installment of the post-apocalyptic Metro series sees the central character Artyom back in action.
Release date: February, 2019.
Be sure to watch the trailer to get a sense of graphics and re-live the adrenaline rush if you are familiar with the series. Plug in your headphones for the full experience.
“To live without hope is to cease to live”
TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION II: The online action role-playing game will be released in March, 2019.
CONTROL: The supernatural action-adventure third-person game will be released in 2019 as well.
WOLFENSTEIN YOUNG BLOOD: The follow-up to Wolfenstein II is set in an alternate history where the Nazis win the second world war.
FAR CRY: NEW DAWN
Release date: February 2019
GEARS OF WAR 5:
Kareena Kapoor Khan denies ‘eyeing political future’
Kareena Kapoor Khan recently dismissed rumours that she is eyeing a future in politics after it was speculated that Congress leaders are trying to woo her to contest in Lok Sabha polls.
Kareena was quoted in Hindustan Times saying, “There is no truth to these reports. I have not been approached for this whatsoever. My focus is and only will be movies.”
Earlier, Indian media house NDTV had reported that Bhopal Congress Corporator Yogendra Singh Chauhan wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that the Veere Di Wedding star could be the perfect candidate.
“If Kareena Kapoor fights from Bhopal, we can hope to snatch the seat long held by the BJP,” the report quoted Chauhan as saying.
On the movie front, Kareena’s upcoming film, Good News will be released on September 6. The movie is directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar. Kareena will also reportedly play Shah Jehan’s daughter Jahanara Begum in Karan’s period epic, Takht.