Stories By 'Rafia Zakaria'
First they came for the marchers. When the Aurat March was held around the country on March 8 and women in Peshawar and Karachi and Faisalabad and Islamabad came out to march on the streets, many men and some women were upset.
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I had previously written on the Citizenship Act of 1951 and the fact that Section 10 does not allow a Pakistani woman to confer citizenship on a foreign spouse.
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As far as brides are concerned, the families of many prospective grooms are invested in importing an ‘authentic’ Pakistani bride to ensure that the cultural traditions are revitalised in the diaspora.
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The year 2018 was another dismal year for Pakistani women—but nobody seems to care
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It’s the season of the dowry. Before the tents are set up, the invitations distributed, and the menus finalised, another sort of exchange takes place. Based sometimes on the wealth (real or perceived) in the coffers of the bride’s family, or in the greed (always real) of the groom’s family, a dowry is demanded. And just like the bazaars and markets of the country, a good bit of haggling takes place—the opening salvo is never the ultimate amount.
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It is said to be one of the most recognisable scents in the world: the smell of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, used first by mothers on their babies, then even later on, continuing into childhood and adulthood.
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