Staying quiet in the face of injustice has become a lifestyle in Pakistan: Hajra Yamin

Published 17 Apr, 2021 11:18am

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She said Karachiities, specifically those living in a certain housing society, were at the mercy of no one but themselves.

Actor Hajra Yamin thinks the culture of staying quiet in Pakistan has turned into a lifestyle where people are afraid to speak up for their basic rights, and she's asking you to change that.

"When unwanted guests come to your house and refuse to go away, what do you do?" she asked. "When khala comments on your weight, what do you do? When members of your house choose your career and your life path against your will, what do you do? You stay quiet."

Yamin went on to add how the culture of staying quiet in the face of injustice has become a lifestyle in Pakistan.

"The street is damaged from one side? Stay quiet and take another route. Phone got stolen? Stay quiet and buy a new one. Policemen are asking for a bribe? Stay quiet and hand them some cash. Sugar is too expensive? Stay quiet and start drinking unsweetened chai."

The Maan Jao Naa actor went on to add how Karachiities, specifically those living in a certain housing society, were at the mercy of no one but themselves, being forced to find their own ways around the injustice they would face.

"Looking at this attitude of staying quiet, an intelligent man had a wonderful idea. He decided to collect all the rich people in one area, and snatch everything from them. What is the most they're gonna do, stay quiet?" she questioned sarcastically.

"So this idea of a housing society was really successful. They stole electricity? People got generators. They restricted access to water? They got tankers. They stopped giving water but started charging a hefty bill for it? They paid it, of course. Started facing thefts, they hired private guards. So this way, they quietly went on to spend their lives."

She said she was unaware under what circumstances people of Karachi chose to stay quiet in the face of these atrocities, but she knew it was now time to speak up.

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