I WAS on my way back home from my professional college in a rickshaw with a friend of mine.

After dropping my friend at her home the rickshaw driver refused to go any further saying that he had accepted a too low amount.

My friend and I tried to convince him but in vain. Just then I realised that we were at a bus stop and many male persons had started gathering around the rickshaw blocking our way.

Many rickshaws were going past us with less than an inch distance even though they had plenty of road to drive on and we had none to back away to.

This behaviour of the people shocked me. Our society seems to have no respect for women. Standing in the way of a woman when she’s in trouble is another way of disrespect.

I did not ask anyone for help but they could have at least not blocked my way.

SIDRA USMANI Karachi

Updated May 13, 2013 03:20am

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Comments (5) (Closed)


Bakhtawer BIlal
May 13, 2013 07:10am
I guess we have saved all the respect for the dead ones only.
Rosilva One
May 13, 2013 11:46am
Dear Sidra Typical of Pakistan. What do you expect from people who are uncivilised. Long way from Islam these people profess.
Agha Ata (USA)
May 13, 2013 01:02pm
I wonder, if in any Pakistani school, they spend even an hour in one year, lecturing about the respect for women. They don't know. Respecting parents? Yes. They have heard about it. Respecting women is a bird they have never seen or heard of. And, alas, there are a lot of indirect suggestions against it. :(
Sue Sturgess
May 14, 2013 03:07am
It would not have been any different if the rickshaw passenger was male - there is no respect for anyone, of either gender
Sue Sturgess
May 14, 2013 03:10am
@ Agha Ata - respect is something that needs to be taught at home, and the best teacher is example. If children grow up watching men respect their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters etc, it will naturally flow on.