A Pakistani University, University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF) has rebranded Valentine’s Day as Sister’s Day. It is being debated to hand headscarves and shawls to the female students on Valentine’s Day.
The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF) located in central Punjab province said that the Valentine’s Day is being changed to Sister’s Day to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”.
UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal said, “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives. We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was taking root in our society.”
Adding, “UAF was mulling a plan to distribute scarves, shawls and gowns printed with the UAF insignia among female students.”
University spokesman Qamar Bukhari said that UAF is looking for donations as it intends to give headscarves to around 1000 of its female students out of 14000 total female students.
Adding, “These scarfs will be distributed by the university administration and not their fellow male students.”
He said that the goal is to respect women. But on social media many people made fun of this initiative and said that Sister’s Day looks a copy of Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan.