Nadia and Farieha, Braving the Taboo
By Maryam Iraj
Proud of you girls!
You shared your pain with millions so that we stand united and fight.
In the heat of ongoing Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) debate and Zainab’s tragic case, female celebrities in Pakistan are getting more vocal and daring to relate their CSA nightmares. And rightly so, it is the time. CSA is a social demon which needs to be addressed and killed; silence of parents and adults can’t do that. It’s not a taboo. We need to talk about it to educate our innocent kids and scared parents to be wary of such situations.
Nadia Jamil, a famous Pakistani actress and an activist, took to twitter to disclose her CSA experiences. Though the memories are painful but hush-hush attitude toward this evil won’t do anything, and it never did. That’s why we continue to have Zainabs and other girls left dead on the streets.
She tweets the following:
I was 4 the first time I was abused sexually. I was in college when it blew out of proportion.
People tell me not to talk to respect my families honour. Is my families honour packed in my body? I am a proud,strong,loving survivor. No shame on me or my kids. Only pride 4 being me
— Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) January 13, 2018
Another media celebrity and the CEO of Cat Work Events braved the silence of millions by relating her own CSA experienc on twitter:
I was sexually abused by our cook at age 6. 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 #ChildAbuse #shame #NoMoreChildAbuse #MeToo #JusticeForZainab #HowToStopChildAbuse
— Frieha Altaf (@FriehaAltaf) January 14, 2018
More power & much respect your way!