KARACHI: It has become the norm that when a girl reaches her twenties, she is deemed ready to be married, or at least that is what the backward society of Pakistan prefers to assume. Then, the terror of the ‘rishta aunties’ with their keen interest in matchmaking, who are always in search of new, fresh faces which they pick for their sons or their friends’ sons comes to haunt these poor young women. Even in the most modern households, a girl is barely given the choice of when to get married or who to get married to. Our sexist society fails to take into consideration what the girl herself wants and the result of this is apparent: an increase in divorces, marital problems and cases of verbal and physical abuse. It is time that we moved away from this backward, ancient thinking and evolve towards a new way of looking at things.
Areej Fatima Naqvi