Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s Comments Against Women Receive Flak on Social Media
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Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s Comments Against Women Receive Flak on Social Media

Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar sparked many controversies with respect to his recent interview where he expressed his regressive views regarding women

Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar, one of the most successful writers of the Pakistani drama and film industry, recently gave an interview that shocked many people including those who had followed his dramas. In the interview for a podcast, Khalil ur Rehman expressed his views about women and the way they were expected to behave. Among many other things, Khalil ur Rehman blamed women for enticing men to cheat on their wives. He said that it was the duty of the women to say no to men and in case they did not everything was their fault. Khalil ur Rehman Qamar further heated up the argument by saying that if women wanted equality they had to come equal to men in terms of sexually assaulting them.

Interestingly, only a few members of the industry spoke against this problematic interview. Those include Meesha Shafi, Jami, Osman Khalid Butt, Armeena Khan, Iffat Omar, and Ali Gul Pir. A few months ago the industry had united to support Mahira Khan when Firdous Jamal had something to say about her age. However, Khalil ur Rehman Qamar who has spoken assertively against all the women has not met the reaction as was expected.

Meesha Shafi who has been one of the most prominent voices of #MeToo movement  blatantly called out Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s regressive views.

Meesha Shafi also hinted at the behavior of the Pakistani showbiz fraternity who did not speak up against Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s views.

Jami, the famous film director who recently came out with his own story, strongly condemned Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar saying that men like him existed everywhere in the media industry and it reflected in the work they produced.

Osman Khalid Butt quoted words from Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s interview that did not sit well with most of the people.

Armeena Khan’s stance was clear and straightforward on the issue.

Iffat Omar demanded a  public apology from Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar.

The social media users, however, did not sit still and had befitting replies for his misogynist and regressive views against the women. According to a social media user, he represented the old school media persons who felt threatened by young progressive women.

Are men really a superior gender?

Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s work has always reflected his school of thought.

Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar stated that every woman was not worthy of being called a woman.

Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s view of rape as a symbol of masculinity was problematic on every possible level.

Not to forget, Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar is a self-proclaimed feminist.

Selective activism is not activism.

The Pakistani showbiz industry’s silence sounds deafening to some people.

Some social media users also supported Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar. They were few in number but still there.

Khali Ur Rehman Qamar spoke in the light of his current television show Meray Paas Tum Ho on a podcast. Meray Paas Tum Ho is based on the story of a woman who cheats on her loving husband leaving him disheartened and shattered for another man who is rich and charming. According to Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar, men were exploited by women but no one ever spoke about them. He said that men did not have the courage to say no. Hence, if they cheated on their partners it was also women’s fault because they either enticed them or neglected them. Among many problematic things, Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar also mentioned that women could not claim of being equal to men if they could not aduct a man and gang rape him. The social media reaction was natural and obvious.

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By Saadia Ahmed
Saadia Ahmed is a Bollywood and cheesecake fanatic with no obvious interest in space travel. She tweets @khwamkhwah day in and out