Trigger Warning: This post may be triggering for survivors of sexual violence.
The drama serial Hadsa was forbidden from airing by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The decision was made in response to viewer complaints that the program was "highly inappropriate, disturbing, as it graphically depicts the horrendous crime, that took place on the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway. The Geo TV-produced program, which features Hadiqa Kiani, is based on the true account of a woman who was raped right in front of her children on the motorway. The Hadsa drama story seems to revolve around the victim, and its graphic depiction of the crime drew criticism. The show was prohibited "in the interest of public morality and the protection of human rights," according to a statement from PEMRA. After Pemra bans Geo Drama Hadsa, the authority has also threatened to take legal action against any other TV station that broadcasts the program. The Hadsa ban has elicited a variety of responses from people. Some people applaud the choice, saying that the program was too upsetting to be broadcast. Others have criticized the ban, claiming it violates the right to free speech. Hadsa's prohibition will probably continue to be contested. It is evident, though, that the program struck a chord with Pakistani society and that the problem of sexual assault demands attention.
Rape Victim’s Response to the Drama Serial Hadsa
The rape victim from the highway incident has not spoken out in the media about the Geo TV Drama Hadsa. However, her attorney has,stated that she is "deeply disturbed" by how the incident was portrayed in the serial. Additionally, he stated that she is "concerned" about how the serial will re-traumatize her and other sexual assault survivors.The motorway rape incident is the inspiration for the drama series "Hadsa." The serial has drawn criticism for its graphic portrayal of the crime, though. The serial, according to some critics, is exploitative and insensitive to the victim. According to the victim's attorney, she is "not against the production of dramas about important social issues." He has, however, urged caution in handling the serial and caution in not "re-victimizing" the survivors.
How To Protect Yourself From Rape in Pakistan?
The motorway rape incident is a sensitive and traumatic topic. It is important to be mindful of the victim's feelings when creating or consuming media such as the TV drama Hadsa. With that said, here are some tips one can follow, to protect themselves from such a dangerous and catastrophic situation:
Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to who is around you and what they are doing. If you feel unsafe, trust your instincts and leave the area.
Avoid walking alone at night: If you must walk alone, try to stay in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
Don't hitchhike: This is a dangerous way to travel, as you are putting yourself at the mercy of strangers.
Don't accept drinks from strangers: Drinks can be spiked with drugs that can make you more vulnerable to attack.
Travel with a friend or family member:This is always a good idea, especially if you are traveling to a new place.
Educate your loved ones about your whereabouts: This way, if something happens, someone will know where to look for you.
Carry a personal alarm or whistle: This can be used to attract attention if you feel unsafe
Learn self-defense: This can help you to protect yourself if you are attacked.
Report any incidents of harassment or assault to the police: This will help to create a record of the crime and may help to catch the perpetrator.
It is important to remember that rape is never the victim's fault. If you are raped, it is not your fault. There are things you can do to protect yourself, but ultimately, the responsibility lies with the perpetrator. If you have been raped, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to you, including counseling, support groups, and legal assistance.