Modesty most ridiculous... By Eshal
06 December, 2012
The National Assembly Standing Committee for Information and Broadcasting recently put forward a suggestion: female newscasters should cover their hair when on television. Is it just me or do you hear warning bells ringing, reminding us of the Zia days when television was so heavily censored that women could not be seen on camera without a full dupatta on their heads, and acting a certain kind of character — usually a pious prayer-reciting kind of woman. This suggestion has been put forward so that women on screen can protect their modesty. What modesty is this and what exactly will a small piece of clothing do to provide it? Why is the nation so obsessed with how a woman dresses and presents herself that we put more pressing issues, such as our daily terror attacks, on the back burner? Is the scarf some sort of gaze deflecting weapon? Is it going to protect a woman from all harm? Is the nation not preoccupied with other things to concentrate on women's clothes? This is nonsense and the government and all concerned should pay more attention to the issues that directly affect the masses.