Actor Ahmed Ali Butt believes that the slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi is a Western campaign that is being exploited locally. In a recent Instagram story, Butt talked about how the slogan that otherwise goes against the country's cultural values is being promoted in Pakistan ahead of the Aurat March on Sunday.
"I have even less sympathy for people who exploit the so-called Mera J Merey XYZ". Its a Western campaign which supports, make abortion legal, abolish ban on organ sale and make prostitution legal," he said in the story.
Butt then went on to talk about how it was said to see how people are following such "funded" movements. "When it comes to women rights, Islam has the most rights rights and respect for women. It's sad to see how we forgot that and follow a trend and funded movements," he said.
Contrary to Butt's view point, the organisers of the Aurat March have on many occasions clarified that the slogan is about bodily autonomy and independence for women.
"‘Mera jism meri marzi’ means that women want bodily autonomy and independence. To be able to have the right to choose in matters concerning their bodies. To choose what to wear without fear of rape. To choose who to marry. To choose whether they want to have children, how many, and when they want to have them. To not have their husbands rape them because they feel entitled to their bodies after marriage. To have access to mobility in their day-to-day lives for work and for leisure. To not have their bodies maimed in the name of having their sexuality controlled," a recent Instagram post from the Aurat March account read.
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