Women in KP and across Pakistan have long been systemically disenfranchised under the guise of ‘cultural sensitivities’, despite the fact that such feelings are, day by day, colliding with the aspirations of a younger generation that is often more attuned to issues of injustice and less invested in the preservation of an inequitable social order. A government that seeks to command any kind of moral authority among its people should be able to lead, not simply follow. And it should be able to assign responsibility for transgressions against the privacy and personhood of women and girls squarely where it belongs — with the violators, not the victims. Women can engage in public life and be treated with dignity and respect — the two are not mutually exclusive. Customs that threaten to deny one half of the population their constitutional right to education should not be pandered to. This ban must be overturned, immediately.
Courtesy: Dawn, October 31st, 2018