Goons attacked Marvia Malik, the first Pakistani transgender news anchor, in a recent gun attack, sustaining no severe injuries.
In an era of Wokeism, we are still fighting for our basic human rights. We are not supposed to struggle to earn these rights that we have inherited. Sadly enough, there is always someone to moral school on our rights controlled by the ignorant blinkards entitling themselves to be the proprietor of our rights. These proprietors are around every one of us either as relatives, religious leaders, or, for a fact, the society. Wokeism starts when their dictation ends because Marvia Malik exists everywhere and suffers silently, and even if they raise their voice, the proprietors immediately put them in “their place,” which is exactly what happened in Marvia’s case.
Two unidentified gunmen reportedly attacked the 26-year-old outside her residence while she was on her way home from the pharmacy. She was out of physical danger, as the injuries did not show any severity. However, to avoid further life-risking threats, Malik escaped Lahore. She opened up about her reason to return to Lahore at the time when the incident took place was for surgery.
Marvia asserted while filing an FIR against the goons that these goons attacked her solely because of her activism for the rights of the transgender community.
Reportedly, she has prior received death threats over phone calls from unidentified callers for her advocacy towards the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018. She also suspects her attack is related to the same activism.
Malik has considered herself a paradigm not just for Pakistan‘s transgender community but for everyone.
Marvia Malik is a Pakistani news anchor and media person. She is the first Pakistani transgender newsreader to launch herself in 2018. Reports claim that Malik has written history by becoming the first transgender to step into the fashion industry by getting involved in a prominent fashion show arranged by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council. It happened before her debut as a newsreader in 2019.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 is not aligned with the essence of Shariah is what the CII (Council of Islamic Ideology) unanimously expressed. They further claimed the reservation to have numerous provisions that did not mirror Islamic ideals. The CII also forewarned that due to its misalignment with Islamic ideologies, the Act will give rise to social disparity.
They further demanded inclusion in the committee that will be formed to review the law related to the transgender community. It recommended that the committee should involve CII members, religious scholars and legal and medical experts.
In an interview, the 26-year-old bemoaned her past saying that like other trans people, her family was never supportive of her decision. She was on her own. She did some mediocre jobs. With its earning, she aided her education. Malik has forever dreamt of becoming a newsreader. When she got shortlisted as a newsreader, her dream became a reality.
The 26-year-old is ambitious about altering perceptions about the transgender community. She affirms that transgenders are equally capable of accomplishing tasks and standing up to the country’s expectations if they get equal opportunities as others. Malik expressed her grief about the identity of their community being a major cause of their unemployment, stating that their seeking education and being educated is useless because their identity is not widely accepted and gets them rejected when seeking jobs. She asserts her desire to change this mindset.