Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Time for a new SUPERHERO

While scanning the news on Stuff.co.nz the other day, I came across this article:


How cool is this!


 The show, which is scheduled to air in mid-August, centres around "a burka-clad superhero who fights school-hating baddies by night and moonlights as a gentle, compassionate schoolteacher by day" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23468573).  
"The Urdu language show is the brainchild of one of Pakistan's biggest pop stars, Aaron Haroon Rashid - known to many as simply Haroon - who conceived of it as a way to emphasise the importance of girls' education and teach children other lessons, such as protecting the environment and not discriminating against others" (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/8977466/Pakistans-butt-kicking-burka-hero).
Haroon, a rock star who's pumped a lot of his own money into the show, said that the use of the burka is to hide her identity, in the same way that other superheroes wear masks etc.  


However, not everybody agrees with the use of the burka on the show: 
"Marvi Sirmed, an Islamabad-based journalist and human rights activist, thinks that it is not right to build a resistance figure out of a woman wearing a garment that has been strongly associated by some with the suppression of women" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23468573).
Former Pakistani ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, has said on Twitter that she also dislikes the use of the burqa in a children's show, saying that "A dupatta could have done the job" (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/pakistans-superhero-burka-avenger-becomes-a-role-model-for-female-empowerment/articleshow/21474277.cms).

In defense of the choice to use a burka, Haroon believes "the criticism [is] misplaced because the heroine uses a burqa only when in disguise" (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/pakistans-superhero-burka-avenger-becomes-a-role-model-for-female-empowerment/articleshow/21474277.cms) in order to hide her identity as per any self-respecting superhero.