Harassment: Calendar takes the mickey out of sexual fiends

Published: January 16, 2011

Aasha puts a funny twist on a very serious problem.

Aasha puts a funny twist on a very serious problem.
Aasha puts a funny twist on a very serious problem.

ISLAMABAD: A calendar based on the theme of women’s harassment was launched here on Saturday by the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment (Aasha). It portrays, in cartoon form, perverted characters responsible for restricting women’s active contribution in socio-economic activities through intimidation and harassment. It’s funny yet serious.

‘Tharki baba’, the calendar’s first character, signifies men who inappropriately hug and touch young girls while pretending to be paternal figures of some sort.

A bald character in a suit, ‘hocha boss’, depicts men who generously extend explicit invitations for intimate relationships to subordinate women along with threats to punish them if they fail to comply. Perhaps the latter is also a form of innuendo for such perverts.

Another character of a man with binoculars, ‘ghuran chatto’, depicts gawkers who are usually found ‘bird-gazing’ at public places such as bus stops.

‘Ustad lucha’ is the wagon driver who touches women while pretending to be changing gears, taking money or making room for other passengers.

Another character depicts teachers who blackmail students into providing sexual favours.

An dog-faced man on a bicycle, ‘khabees on wheels’, depicts goons who offer unrequested lifts to women on the streets and intimidate women drivers. Another character is about men who use mobile phones as a harassment tool, by sending vulgar poetry in anonymous text messages with hopes to “make a connection.”

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the founding member of Aasha Dr Fauzia Saeed said, “The current government has shown commitment and support by passing legislation against sexual harassment, making it a punishable offense for the first time in the history of Pakistan. This is a milestone in our social history which will not only legitimise access of women to public and work spaces but will be a turning point in changing people’s mindset about the relationship between men and women.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Yousuf
    Jan 17, 2011 - 9:43AM

    I saw this calendar in 2008.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Well done. But these are getting bolder day by day. Just note the number of rapes of minor kids in the province of Punjab during this and past month. Recommend

  • Sheikh Farhan
    Jan 21, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Daily I read like this artical, our most of people have not sense particular men whoe are illiterate from women respect. some times I thinkg taht we are not living in Pakistan perhapes we are in the society of ancient Saudi cultur, which was established before “Muhammad” (PBUH). Out here in Pakistan literacy rate has become rich last two decades, instead of this rape, sexual harassment cases have upgoing daily. Our govt and other forces as well police law&order is not look arrount us.
    At the end I say only we need a person like “Ayaat uallah Khamani”Recommend

  • mafia
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:39PM

    i also saw it in 2008 the idea is good to promote stop sexual harrasment through general public but it is important to consider that how we convey or portray the message.Recommend

  • mafia
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:42PM

    language and pictorial dipiction is more important in a sensitize way of communicationRecommend

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