Two girls take down harasser on Karachi's Tariq Road

Published: February 16, 2017
Zara Khan (L) and Zoya Khan (R). PHOTO: ZOYA KHAN

Zara Khan (L) and Zoya Khan (R). PHOTO: ZOYA KHAN

KARACHI  : Zoya Khan, 19, and her 15-year-old sister Zara Khan beat up a man after he groped one of them on Karachi’s Tariq Road when returning from a shopping trip.

Sexual harassment in public places is fairly common but the way the sisters taught their harasser a lesson is definitely one-of-a-kind.

“This is not the first time this has happened,” Zoya tells The Express Tribune. “But this is the first time I decided to post about this on social media. I decided why should I take this anymore?”

When groped, Zoya said she started screaming but was unable to do anything as she was carrying a number of shopping bags in her hand. But her younger sister, Zara, “threw everything and ran after the man”.

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When Zoya followed her younger sister to where the man was, she was met with shock and surprise. There was a crowd of more than 30 people surrounding the molester – her sister was in the middle as she “held him by his collar smacking his face and punching his stomach”.

Later when Zoya asked Zara what prompted her to run after him she said, “You’re my sister. Why should I stand around and watch while someone does that to you?”

Speaking about her younger sister, Zoya says she’s really glad her sister had the courage to chase after him.

The response from their loved ones has been fantastic, Zoya says. She’s saying their father was a little concerned in the beginning but he has been extremely supportive and proud that his daughters are speaking up about what happened to them. Zoya also adds that she has been receiving calls and messages from friends and family making sure both the sisters are okay and applauding what they’ve done.

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The conversation soon turned to the viral nature of the video. Zoya tells The Express Tribune that she is ‘definitely overwhelmed’ by the response. “I never thought it would get so much attention,” she says.

Of course there have been both negative and positive comments. She says someone commented on the video calling her a prostitute, which confused her. “How am I a prostitute? I’m the victim here.”

The positive comments far outweigh the negatives however, as strangers applaud both the girls calling them brave and inspirational.

Zoya ends the video by giving a message to all the women of Pakistan. “I know this happens to everyone. All of us at some point have been groped or harassed on the streets. The thing is you have to fight back. If you don’t fight for yourselves, no one will fight for you.”


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  • ishrat salim
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:29PM

    Salute to these brave girls. Do not let, culture, taboos bog you down. Take a lead, have courage & knock them down. Allah is with you. Do not care about negative comments, there are people who have a dirty & negative mind, damn them. If you do not stand for your own safety & respect, no one will….this is a cruel world. So, be brave & only seek Allah`s help. Recommend

  • Syed
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:33PM

    Good .. You did great job .. he deserve more than that..Recommend

  • Sense
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:40PM

    Brave girls. Keep it up!Recommend

    Feb 16, 2017 - 5:32PM

    If all the girls would decide to do the same, I promise nobody would dare to harras any girl.
    BEST OF LUCK, You both are an example of awaking nation. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Feb 16, 2017 - 5:51PM

    It’s the entire country that needs a change in the mind set, what is considered as harassment and lies is a norm in Pakistan. If such brave steps are taken by women and the culprits are taken to justice in a court of law the era will not be far to achieve status of a civilized country. Bravo girls do it over and over again to teach what our cleric and school failed to do.Recommend

  • Mehar
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:25PM

    Well done girls great Job.. Keep it up. I proud of youRecommend

  • Mohammed Mirza
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:28PM

    Well done to the young girls.! This harasser should have been punished badly by these girlsRecommend

  • Haris
    Feb 16, 2017 - 9:03PM

    Hats off to you girls, only a few examples need to be set and these cowards will find hard to even leave their homes.Recommend

  • Dr.sanaullah
    Feb 16, 2017 - 9:07PM

    Well done my sisters.each girl should be as brave as you did a great job.may ALLAH protect you.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:26PM

    Good job girls!
    Such losers should be shown their place. Recommend

  • Dr hamadi
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:49PM

    Well done my sisters.each girl should be as brave as you did a great job.may ALLAH protect you.Recommend

  • M
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:54PM

    May Allah give me so much courage as well! Awesome!Recommend

  • AS
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:53AM

    Will you marry me? #wannamarrythatkindagirl … Offcourse I don’t mean it that way and I realise you are too young for that… Recommend

  • Shireen
    Feb 17, 2017 - 2:32AM

    Bravo girls!! I must say that every girl should have to take action about sexual harassment because nowadays this is common but we girls don’t have to get scared or think about others who comments bad on you.. be brave and take action about it.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Feb 17, 2017 - 8:27AM

    Carry a gun and shoot the SOB next time.Recommend

  • shahab
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:30AM

    That’s the spirit hats off girls, you are the inspiration for others.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:43AM

    This is the real change in Pakistan, not the one that a cricketer-turned-politician boasts day & night.
    Brave girls need to defend themselves and give harassers a lesson rather than dancing on the Container at D-chowk.Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:44AM

    I am very happy to read about courageous girls. Everyone must appreciate and all other girls take inspiration not to submit against groping and cheap acts.Recommend

  • Hina
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:54AM

    Well done girls, May Allah bless you, and the person who called you names, shows his mentalilty about every girl, he should also be beaten, TARBIYAT KI BAAT HAI SUB!Recommend

    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:06AM

    “Great ! Bravo Girls.”Recommend

  • Dil
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:53AM

    Good Job Girls, same courage required…Recommend

  • Mahar Sajjad
    Feb 17, 2017 - 2:04PM

    welcome that courg,s others girls we should supportRecommend

  • Mushabir
    Feb 17, 2017 - 2:37PM

    Karachi’s own Geeta and Babita!Recommend

  • waqas
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:09PM

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal. it is the courage to continue that counts, Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage in your life.Recommend

  • Zaidi Iqbal Hadi
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:32PM

    Can it be aired through all tv channels and flashed in newspapers that from now onward all women and girls teased alike will 1st beat the man or men and then hand him or they over to the police. Additionally, if the beating is recorded then it must be publicised through utube as well. The 2 sisters have taken the lead and I wish that the flame they lit must not die out otherwise lafangas will never ever stop teasing chasing and even touching girls. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 17, 2017 - 4:25PM

    Brave action. Time has come that every man and woman should to start martial training in order to face present law & order situation.Recommend

  • AF
    Feb 17, 2017 - 4:45PM

    Great! Should have kicked him in the nuts real hard!Recommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:23AM

    this model needs to be emulated everywhere in Pakistan.
    Every girl needs to emulate what these girls did.Recommend

  • rich
    Feb 18, 2017 - 10:07AM


    now imagine the upbringing these person must have had to think that

    feel sorry for his mother and sisters especially cousin sistersRecommend

  • Farru
    Feb 18, 2017 - 5:56PM

    Very good girls.

    That’s a big issue. She is right, most girls do not report such cases even if they have any family male with them at the time of the incident. They think these thugs may hurt their brothers/dad etc.

    Tariq Road is notorious for this, my female cousins always take some male family member with them just because of these things. Recommend

  • Maddy
    Feb 19, 2017 - 10:02AM

    Sad to see how people appreciating someone taking law in their hands. In a country where we blame everything on the system and wish to accomplish all by dodging it.

    This action can never be justified. 1 Million Dislikes!!!!Recommend

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