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My Feudal Lord: A Devastating Indictment of Women's Role in Muslim Society Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996
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Mustafa Khar is often called the male 'Elizabeth Taylor' (which frankly is derogatory to the legendary actress - atleast she married because she was spoilt and in love! No one can lay that claim on Khar saahib, his 7th wife was 40 years his junior or something) and my mom's interpretation of his behavior as governor during Bhutto years in the rocking hillbilly chaotic 70s is not too complementary either ("women were abducted and brought to Governor House for him to rape", "he put one wife, former air hostess, in a basement, she was never seen again") - basically he was known as a lothario / sex fiend and when I read this extraordinary book in 90s, I was irritated more by Durrani's consistently bad behavior before and after her marriage than the crazy feudal landlord.
Their romance begins as all affairs do: clandestine, amongst protestations from Khar's then-wife that Khar is not a nice guy - remarks totally ignored by a spoilt flippant beautiful social butterfly Durrani who was herself married at the time - and promptly eloped leaving her kid with the first husband. Even the final write-up looks like the middle finger Durrani could give from arm's length.Read more ›
In my view, the best way to combat against this violence is for the battered to take stand and for the society to support him or her. Society as a whole resents such violence. Another important thing we need to do is educate ourselves more about the needs and desires of our partners in the family context. Only through good understanding can we eliminate this immoral behavior.
The second issue I would like to touch upon is how women are treated in Pakistan. This behavior has its roots in history. There was a time when society considered the birth of a girl a crime by her mother. The signs of this treatment are felt in an Eastern expression, "You are a true father only when you have a daughter." Instead of considering her a blessing from God just like boys, she is considered a burden the father has to carry for the rest of his life, even after she is married.
If a girl is born in poverty, she is destined to become a servant one day, that of her mother or her husband. In educated households, girls are better off but never considered equal to boys. Therefore, the treatment they receive is often unfair: they rarely have the same opportunities when it comes to education, employment or marriage.
In the rural areas of Pakistan, where the feudal system still prevails, this situation is ten times worse. Even educated feudal lords do not allow education to enter the flourishing minds of their daughters for fear of rebellion, or the nourishment of new, threatening ideas.Read more ›
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This isn't a 'Hate It- Love It' story. It is real life and a story that many more need to learn about. Based on real life.Published 4 months ago by david
Great read. Good to hear these stories first hand. Highly recommend it.Published 12 months ago by nanaforever
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