Earlier this week, we revealed the incredible stunt pulled by actor Ali Rehman Khan on live television, where he tried to draw attention towards the afflictions associated with a dowry. This act was basically a part of the #StopJahezkhori campaign, which is being supported by a huge brigade of local celebrities, bloggers, influencers, and prominent figures. The main purpose behind this feat is to eradicate all sorts of primitive thinking that are participative in dowry and to create a safe environment where brides aren’t tortured on the basis of the material wealth they bring.
A number of celebrities have become allies to this campaign, and are wholeheartedly supporting the cause by posting pictures of their henna laden hands, with the term Jahez Khori Band Karo written in the center. These include Osman Khalid Butt, Ushna Shah, Ayesha Omar, Yasir Hussain, Iqra Aziz, Juggun Kazim, and many others. Even recently married couples, like Aiman Khan and Muneeb Butt, have jumped the bandwagon and are fully in support of the movement.
What started off as a crusade to eliminate social evils, has been garnering all sorts of mixed reactions. While some completely maintain the stance held by the campaign, others are calling celebrities out for their double standards. Specifically Aiman Khan and Muneeb Butt, whose wedding ceremony was accompanied by an array of extravagant events. It is being pointed out how they themselves are part of the problem, as they advocate the pomp and grandeur of weddings, which is like a dream concept for the general public.
Aiman khan portraying women as stupid fractional IQ sub-human in dramas but spends millions on her own marriage. Ironic how these woman claim to fuel women empowerment but their careers are built on perpetual portrayal of women as helpless idiots who need men to save them. pic.twitter.com/ZuK1y78GjV
— شاہ میر (@ShhhhhAaaHhhhh) December 25, 2018
That being said, it is important to understand how there’s a thin (almost nonexistent) line that connects dowry to the splendor of extravagant weddings, as that is a mutual agreement between a couple, while dowry culture is a practice usually forced upon the bride and her family, and often results in torture and trauma for the woman in question.
Double standards or not, it surely takes time to unlearn patriarchal traits, but it’s great to the society taking small steps towards awareness for the masses. But where do you fit in on this debate? Let us know in the comments!