Ahmed Ali Butt Reacts to the Slogan “Mera Jism Meri Marzi”

Ahmed Ali Butt

Ahmed Ali Butt, the famous actor cum host is of the opinion that the slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi is a Western campaign that is being mishandled locally. As per his recent Instagram story, Butt talked about the slogan and that how this chant that otherwise goes against the cultural values of Pakistan is being promoted before the upcoming Aurat March.

He said that he has even less sympathy for the ones who exploit the slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi. He further mentioned in his story that it is a Western campaign which encourages making abortion legal, makes prostitution legal and abolishes the ban on organ sale.

Ahmed Ali Butt further added that it was sad to see how people are following such funded campaigns. He said that when it comes to the rights of women, Islam has awarded the most rights and respect for women. Butt also said that it is sad to see how we have forgotten that and are following trends and funded drives.

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As per a recent post on Instagram from the Aurat March account read that the slogan “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” means that women want bodily freedom and independence. They want to be able to have the right to choose in the matters regarding their bodies. The right to wear what they want without the fear of being raped. The right and choice of selecting their life partners. The choice of producing or not having any children at all. The liberty of deciding when they want to have children. To not experience marital rape just because their husbands feel entitled to their bodies after marriage. The right to have access to move freely in their daily lives for work and for fun.

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M is for Mera Jism Meri Marzi It is mind-boggling when this poster from the last Aurat March went viral that men asked, “Oh now women want to parade naked in the streets?” When it is the patriarchal, oppressive and inhumane jirga system that has forced hundreds of women to be stripped naked and paraded in the village under the alleged crime of adultery. ‘Mera jism meri marzi’ means that women want bodily autonomy and independence. To be able to have the right to choose in matters concerning their bodies. To choose what to wear without fear of rape. To choose who to marry. To choose whether they want to have children, how many, and when they want to have them. To not have their husbands rape them because they feel entitled to their bodies after marriage. To have access to mobility in their day-to-day lives for work and for leisure. To not have their bodies maimed in the name of having their sexualities controlled. In Pakistan, female genital mutilation occurs behind closed doors and in whispers. There is no basis in any text or science for it except to control a woman's sexuality. It is not 'circumcision', it is violence. It is a violence enforced on young children by members of their family. It is a theft of autonomy and agency. Mera jism meri marzi means my body, my permission. It is a loud call to remind you that women are and should be in charge of their own bodies – just like men. Mera jism meri marzi means an enforcement of a human right every individual is born with, but women, trans, and non-binary person are robbed of. #AuratMarch2020 #AtoZFeminism

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