It is yet alarming – the increasing popularity of Hijab in Pakistani society. For the valentine day supporters, head-cocking western rebels, why this sudden change? Do we have a mix of socio, religious and political ingredients responsible for current Islamization?
Although I am liberal, but I am neither a supporter of the hijab nor against it. I believe that clothing is a matter of choice and should be left to the individual. Neither the state nor the society has any right to intrude and influence upon what a person wears. Yet, its quite important to evaluate why the situation as such.
Why I termed the rising trend alarming has certain valid reasons lurking in the dark alleys.
1) Insecurity: The marginal rise of incidents of rape and sexual assault coming to the limelight has put the women of our country at risk. Eve teasing today is more common than smoking.
A women driver cannot drive in a town center in Pakistan’s traditional cities without drawing looks of the men standing around. This has developed a sense of insecurity in the minds of the Pakistani women and to protect themselves they are rapidly turning to turning to the Hijab as a fall back method. Hence what troubles me is the operative fear behind the Hijabi mindset. However, we need to know that Hijab is not the solution to rape, sexual predators or eve teasing.
“Do not force your daughters either by the society’s actions or by direct control to wear hijab, scarf etc”, rather, “Teach your sons to be respectful and mindful of women and their sanctity.”
It is usually the preying eyes of men rather than religion that has forced women to wear the Hijab. But
wearing a piece of cloth shall neither change the men’s attitude nor protect women.
In all honesty, it is plausible to argue that unless we change our male centric mentality and help develop better social norms we will not progress as a coherent and equal society. Hijab will not solve eve teasing or the threat of sexual assault rather it will further alienate women from society forcing them to hide themselves.
2) Identity Crises:. In many quarters of the Pakistani society Hijab as in the headscarf is combined with tight fitting jeans and t-shirts. I am no religious scholar, but it is a matter of fact that this ruins the whole idea and purpose of Hijab that is modesty.
What this portrays is that our youth is struck by a severe identity crisis and they hardly know who they. Indian soap operas, Hollywood movies and general social media has pushed the youth in an extreme case of identity confusions.
At one hand, the young women will wear jeans, fancy shirts, make up, branded hand bags and jewelry. At the same time, they will combine these with a headscarf and add confusion to society. Is this headscarf for modesty? Or for religious reasons? Or the apparent show of modesty itself is just a fashion?
What Modesty is it? The function of Hijab is to ensure modesty so it should never be brought down and degraded as an item of fashion. Secondly, if these people are trying to add modesty to their heavily westernized dress then they should give it a thought whether they are in some identity crisis or not.
Although these women have a right to wear what they please but it should be a cause of alarm for us as a society if their dressing signifies a cultural identity crisis. Such crisis rends social fabric of our society in the long term and we it is important we attempt at minimizing damage by fixing the wrong.
Where I am sure many people might not agree with my views but it seems legitimate to me only that Hijab should not be used as a camouflage against danger neither a garb for this confused generation With all fairness, I would endorse the idea that Hijab, like anything else, should be used for its due purpose.
courtesy : The News