I will not back off, says Mahira Khan in response to troll

Twitter user called on celebrities to stop using rape cases to 'promote their agenda'

KARACHI: Actor Mahira Khan snapped back at a Twitter user who tagged several celebrities in a bizarre tweet which stated that “vulgarity is a major reason rapes are on the rise”. He added that they should “back off” from using rape cases to promote their agenda.

In her response, Mahira Khan explained that it is a person’s mindset that causes them to commit such heinous crimes such as rape, before adding that she will not back off. ” Get a grip. It’s the mindset! It’s the shame associated with it. And no I will not back off. My voice. My life. I will do whatever I want with it,” the superstar wrote on her Twitter while responding to a hate post.

This week, reports surfaced about a 10-year-old girl who was found raped and brutally murdered in the suburbs of Islamabad. Many celebrities, including Khan, have taken to their social media platforms to voice their concern and outrage at the incident.

Khan was joined by Shehzad Roy, Zeba Bakhtiar and members of civil society at a press conference to address the Farishta rape and murder case.

“There was Zainab’s case a while back and now we are facing another similar case. Awareness regarding ‘good touch, bad touch’ should start from home. Let’s make sure we don’t come across another incident like Farishta’s,” Khan said, according to The Express Tribune.

Meanwhile, Shehzad Roy also spoke up against the tweet Khan responded to, saying that the motivation behind rape is power and dominance. “Most sexual violence takes place where there is no media and biggest victims are children…Such people see strong women, that can speak up for their rights & chose to live their lives on their terms, as a threat,” he said.

Our celebrities may have taken it upon themselves to speak up for a better Pakistan and simply more humanity but how long will it be till the rest of the nation raises their voice and recognises the problem as well?

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