It seems women aren’t entitled to their privacy anywhere, or in any country. A ridiculous incident shared by a Pakistani girl on Facebook has riled people everywhere, and rightfully so.
The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous to protect her father saying “my name is not important in the least”, wrote a post, sharing her outrage when a couple of neighbourhood boys slipped a note under her apartment door. This blackmailing chit read: “I have your nude vedio (sic) meet me outside now.” It also went on to mention the colour of her innerwear to reinforce the point that she had been recorded.
The woman says that she was caught on camera while changing clothes, by three boys, in her own house who managed to open the window to her room in order to record her. Not only did they film her, they went ahead and tried to blackmail her, demanding she come out of the house — to which she says she “lost it”.
“When I said no, they said it more forcefully ‘baahir nikal, tujhe batatay hain’ at which point I absolutely lost it and stormed outside my room with my father to give them a fucking piece of my mind. However, they ran away before I was able to catch them but I made sure that my whole colony woke up and heard what happened. The questions that followed were basically polite jabs at my character: why was her window open? Are you sure she’s not involved with one of the boys? As if ANY of that matters when somebody took videos of me in MY ROOM, without MY consent and then had the audacity to try and blackmail me without ANY fear of consequence because they knew they could get away scot free and they have”, she narrates.
Her post has gone viral with more than 3,500 shares and 6,000 likes (at the time of writing) for all the right reasons, since it highlights the predicament of women in the country, who suffer at the hands of the social fabric therein. “This is not the FIRST time I have been sextorted, nor am I the only woman going through it. So when you all whine about the extremists in our government, the rapists roaming free, the level of sexual and physical abuse women face in their homes, know that it doesn’t come from a VACCUUM. The men doing these things are your sons, your brothers, your fathers and yourself. STOP ENABLING THIS TO HAPPEN TO THE WOMEN. Ghar main kaid kero aur WAHAN bhi jeena haraam ker dou (Lock them in the house and even there, you keep harassing them).” she writes.
In another post that followed two days later, she says that the matter is being dealt with and “these boys will never again bother another woman”. She is being supported by her parents who want her to keep her identity hidden because of the society and given their “200%” support, this is the least she can do for them.