In recent months, the entertainment industry has been quite vocal about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Pakistan.
The latest actor to speak up is Hania Amir; the 21-year-old took to Twitter to post a thread about harassment faced by celebrities at the hands of “men disguised as fans”:
“Being a public figure does not mean that we are public property and meant to be harassed by men disguised as fans. How can one call themself [sic] “a fan”; if they reciprocate our love with rewarding us embarrassment, discomfort and psychological trauma,” she wrote.
She continued: “We step out of our comfort zone to be with you (the fans), spend time with you and live some moments amongst you; but acts like these force us to reconsider and doubt our decision to meet fans in public places.”
“Nothing justifies the objectification and harassment of any other individual. It is sad that in spite of the country progressing, better education; women are still merely an object of desire for some. It is because of such individuals that women are scared to step out of their homes, not work and live their lives in fear. Respect all women as you’d expect the women of your own households to be respected.”
She concluded with this little heads up: “So if you come across a video of me swearing out of my mind, just know it’s a woman putting a disgusting man in his place. And next time you want to make a move? Don’t hide in the crowd because I’ll show you what women are really made of! A**HOLE!”