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Date Posted: 22:12:26 08/31/07 Fri
Author: Shahid

Letter to shahid - 10 January 1997

Sidra Ayaz from Karachi through her letter in Daily The News Karachi and Daily The Post Lahore on 11.12.2006 says today there is a lot of talk about equal rights for women, equal opportunities to women but practical situation is that the women folk can not easily travel in public transport. She says ladies compartmens in buses, wagons and mini buses remain occupied by men folk.

Sidra I am sorry to say is that ungrateful majority of masses. She does not know the Sindh Ombudsman many years back ordered concealment of ladies and gent compartments in buses and wagons. To see if his directive was implemented or not is not his job. Our judges and ombudsmen travel in high capacity government cars hence they should not be expected to see out of the glasses if rickshaws were still omitting smoke which they banned years back or in ladies compartments still male are sitting which they directed not to be allowed.

The MQM transport minister one day passing through Shahra-e-Faisal stopped a mini bus, asked the driver to come out and slabbed him for having accommodated men in ladies compartments, He got his photographed published for this noble job for which the photographer was traveling with him. Siddra should not expected it was the job of the Minister concerned to slab every driver because with the press popularity his job finished. It is same like NWFP shria loving chief minister traveled from Peshawar to Lahore in private bus, got the due fame then his job finished.

My dear Sidra, the words of honourable S.M. Zafar should be remembered and written in gold that no ism or government will change peoples fate unless they themselves started recognizing their rights and started fighting for that. Sidra no government, no NGO, no VIP Begumat, no system, to APWA, no Aourat Foundation will provide your eg proper place in buses and minim busues unless some of you, a very few, accepting the worst to face enter into such men packed buses, take your shoes and ask these men to get up from seat with the force or your shoes or sacrifice for women of this country by tearing of your shirt in the bus and cry pointing two three male passengers sitting there that they did it, let the police come. Sidra believe it when three or four such incidents happened, no male passenger will ever sit in ladies compartment even if the driver or conductor allures the waiting passengers to take them on half the fare in these compartments. The minister, ombudsman, judges, social workers or NGOs are not the remedy, at least in our country, for such matters, the curative and permanent remedy now lies in accepting S.M. Zafarís wise advice not merely in the matter of ladies compartment but in all such related fields.

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