Jewish Journal

‘Don’t laugh like a whore, this is Karachi’

By Mahim Maher

December 25, 2010 | 4:26 am

In 2002, Mukhtar Mai challenged the Pakistani gender status quo by demanding reparations for the violence and trauma of the state-sanctioned gang rape she suffered.

“In a city like Karachi with 20 million people are you telling me that there were no rapes today?” I stare at the crime reporter.
“Er… ma’am…,” his voice trails off.

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  • Talented new duo - The Cheapmunks

    By Mahim Maher

    December 24, 2010 | 2:21 am

    I just had to share a small note on The Cheapmunks, two talented young Pakistani girls who have come up with a unique blend of East-meets-West music. Their song “Hum dum” is a particular favourite of mine. But you can catch their other stuff on YouTube and Facebook. Here is an... read on

  • Remembering the Prophet’s grandsons in Karachi - Muharram and Shia rites and rituals

    By Mahim Maher

    December 16, 2010 | 3:38 am

    The first time I ever saw bodily flagellation was in the screen adaptation of French dramatist Jean Anouilh’s 1964 play ‘Becket ou l’honneur de Dieu’ (Becket or The Honor of God. Henry II (played by Peter O’Toole) was being whipped by priests for supposedly ordering his four... read on