Mahira Khan has spoken out on the public discussion around crimes against women in Pakistan. The superstar actress is of the view that a fundamental change in the mindset of future generations is needed. She weighed in on the ongoing discussion in an interview with journalist Attika Choudhary on her podcast Positive Solace.
Commenting on the rise in reporting around instances of public harassment and gruesome violence against women, Khan said:
“Whenever such an incident occurs, the first question that is usually asked is why was she out so late? Was he her boyfriend? Why was she there alone? These are the wrong questions to ask!”
She also spoke about her experience acting in Shoaib Mansoor’s 2017 film Verna, where she played the role of a rape survivor named Sara who struggles for justice. Sara is seen in the film reliving the trauma of rape in her effort to secure evidence against her powerful antagonist.
Responding to commentary by some people who questioned the idea that a rape survivor could go to great lengths to get justice, Mahira Khan said:
“I was shocked to listen when people told me that victims usually don’t seek revenge. I was like, ‘Really? You can’t find one person who would do that? Because people do that. Women do get that angry that they go and find evidence.”