Man Elbowed By Marriyum Aurangzeb For Putting His Arm Around Her Sparks Consent Debate

Baji Aik Tasveer
Source: Business recorder/YouTube

Maryam Aurangzeb was briefing the media about bringing back the body of Nawaz Sharif’s mother Begum Shamim Akhtar when a man stood near her. After the press conference, the man asked for a picture with Maryam Aurangzeb saying, “Baji Aik Tasveer Khinchiwani Hai.” When Maryam Aurangzeb allowed to capture the photo, the man put her hand on her shoulder without asking for her consent and started taking selfies close to her.

Maryam Aurangzaib is a major name in Pakistan Muslim League N, who is one of the front runners in every campaign held in support of Nawaz Sharif.

The video widely circulated on the internet and people shared their different viewpoints

Many were quick to pull her leg. From saying how she ‘friend-zoned’ a fan.

There is nothing funny about it though. Consent is everything. Goes without saying, you can NOT touch anyone without their permission. Take notes, everyone!

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And the trolls went on

Some also called her a hypocrite and gold digger as she posed with her party’s person but not the fan.

Twitterati were quick to appreciate how Marriyum Aurangzeb, dealt with the person without losing her calm

Some were quick to consider how this comes under sexual harassment and emphasized on the importance of consent.

Yes please. We need to make it mandatory for Pakistani men to learn about respecting someone’s personal space, taking consent; And understanding that NO means NO. It is that simple if only we pay heed to it.

He said it

Consent as a concept is something that needs to be understood. Consent in our society is largely ignored and misunderstood. Our society doesn’t appreciate what a woman wants or what her opinion is, rather, it is the woman who needs consent from everyone else.

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