Brave: Aisha, 19, pictured wearing a type of prosthetic nose often used by film actors. Her nose and ears were hacked off by brutal in-laws after she was promised in marriage aged 12
Aisha’s photo was on the front cover of Time Magazine in August 2010. An Afghan teenager who was horribly mutilated by her husband under Taliban rule was all smiles as she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time in California.
The 19 year old girl, shocked the world when she appeared on the cover page of Time Magazine to lift the veil on the plight of many women in Afghanistan. We all know that Afghanistan and in some cases Pakistan becomes horrible when it comes to emancipate their women.
Muslim countries especially in Pakistan women might not get publically tortured to such a horrible extent but the amount of stress a woman of land of pure gets in terms of psychological tortures which lead to destruction of their the self-image forcing them to adopt stress positions .
Aisha’s punishment was barbaric and leaked on media but what about those millions of Aishas in subcontinent who are subjected to different kind of mental torture., how to change the barbaric mindset of this part of the world where women still not given the due respect and freedom they deserve.
Even in 21st century we are failed to develop any such mechanism that addresses core issues of human development. We are not at all progressing when it comes to the rights of women, be it choosing their husbands, academics, career or in some cases their life style.
Indeed the cases like Aisha or Mukhtara Mai sound astonishing to the developed world but the unreported reality is much worse than what we witness on cover page of Time Magazine or different news channels.