After Nadia Jamil, other Pakistani celebs open up about experiencing sexual abuse

Published: January 15, 2018
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After the horrific Kasur incident, where eight-year-old Zainab was found in a heap of trash raped and murdered, many Pakistani celebs came forward to voice their anguish over the matter.

Famed actor Nadia Jamil was one of the first ones to express her despair and call for justice on the terrifying incident. In doing so, she opened up about her own dreadful episodes of sexual abuse.

I was four the first time I was sexually abused: Nadia Jamil

“I was four the first timeI was abused sexually,” wrote Jamil on Twitter. “I was in college when it blew out of proportion. People tell me not to talk to respect my family’s honour. Is my family’s honour packed in my body? I am a proud, strong, loving survivor. No shame on me or my kids. Only pride for being me.”

Now, after Jamil, other renowned personalities have been coming forth with their horrendous experience. Fashion choreographer, Frieha Altaf also took to Twitter and shared her ordeal. “I was sexually abused by our cook at age six,” wrote the former supermodel.

“My parents took action but everyone remained silent as if it was my shame. At 34, I realised how it had impacted my life. The only shame is keeping SILENT.”

Not only Altaf, but fashion designer Maheen Khan also had something to add. “The Maulvi who came to teach me the Quran abused me sexually. I froze in fear day after day. Share in support of children subjected to the sick acts… by so called custodians of our religion.”

Senator Sherry Rehman lent her support to the afore-mentioned ladies. “Heart dents every time I hear of abuse. It’s very brave of you @FriehaAltaf and @NJLahori to be speaking out, giving courage and support to other victims,” she posted. “The shame is not yours, it is our society’s, that you had to suffer in silence. Kudos for speaking out #NoMoreChildAbuse.”

Famed TV anchor and actor Sana Bucha also came forth, while gathering courage to speak about her own experience. “So immensely proud of you  Abuse is never easy to speak about. I haven’t had the courage yet to speak about mine. Kudos!” wrote Bucha.

Journalist Fifi Haroon urged parents to listen to their kids. “Sexual abuse can occur in families even and crosses class barriers,” she wrote. “Victims/survivors have been silenced too long – shame should be the perpetrator’s. Listen to your kids, watch them and notice behaviour changes that could tell of a deeper discomfort.”

Actor Ushna Shah added, “Thank you brave woman. Mustering up the courage to speak about mine now. This helps! Also, so sorry you went through that.”

The Behadd actor lauded Altaf for her brave disclosure. “Love you, you incredibly tough, beautiful and talented woman! Feel proud to have survived it, moved on and learned no one will respect by body or me, if I don’t. New respect for speaking out and giving others the courage to speak out and know that they are not alone. These kids CAN/WILL heal,” she wrote.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Jan 15, 2018 - 1:25PM

    Only showbiz celebs revealing boldly..what about other known figures from different walks of life i.e. bureaucrats, politicians, professionals, sportsmen and women etc Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 15, 2018 - 1:29PM

    why only women – let men too come forward about their abuses . Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 15, 2018 - 8:31PM

    Kudos to all the brave ladies for coming out explaining their ordeals. It does take alot of courage to do so. We unfortunately would get alot of people who would bring religion into play and probably would blame the victims. Unfortunately we live in a country with people over 60% who aren’t literate at all and alot of sick minded paedos around who become predators especially for our younger kids.
    Not getting cook/driver/Qari isn’t a solution, naming, shaming and punishing them however indeed is the solution. Our custodians of religion seems to be taking the lead in all this mayhem of child abuse.
    May Allah protect all the vulnerable kids of Pakistan. AmeenRecommend

  • ullo bata
    Jan 15, 2018 - 10:57PM

    Whats the gain in ‘proudly’ announcing so, except getting media attentionRecommend

  • Abbas
    Jan 16, 2018 - 9:00AM

    We salute those , who tell their past to stand with Zainab. Recommend

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