Maya Khan & Aunties raided Karachi parks chasing dating couples
If you have seen morning show in Pakistan, then you must have come across plenty of stuff that can be easily labeled as weird, bizarre, obnoxious, and outright stupid. The host of these shows does crazy things to boast their show’s viewership. But this Thursday (January 17, 2012) Samaa TV’s Maya Khan has gone too far in her outrageous and unethical quest of boasting her morning show’s ratings by enforcing moral policing.
In that show, Maya Khan raided Karachi’s Public Park with bunch of self righteous vigil aunties in search of young couple dating. As they roam around these parks giggling, these middle class priggish women ponder about the evils of young couples meeting in public parks and doing what they term as “immoral activities.”
On Live television, Maya Khan is shown chasing these young couple with crazy woman’s “Ghairat Brigade” and cameraman. While some couple safely got away and those who were caught by Maya Khan’s Ghairat Brigade were interrogated. Most of these young people were sitting talking quietly or just enjoying the view of sea and pleasant winter sun when they were hounded by these crazy women. They interrogate them like police; asking them what they were doing there, does their parent were aware about their whereabouts, and most importantly were they engaged or married. Nervous and embarrassed couples surrounded by TV cameras and vigil aunties gave awkward answers. Maya Khan even demanded “Nikah-nama” (marriage certificate) from one couple who claimed that they were married.
The day of airing the show, the video got viral on YouTube and people were outraged. It started off with Twitter and people started sharing Maya Khan’s video link with hast tags #MayaKhan and #BoycottSamaaTV. It was followed by bloggers condemning the audacity of Maya Khan’s Aunty Brigade, that latter spread to newspaper and other TV shows discussing the Maya Khan’s fiasco.
On Friday, four local non-government organizations filed a civil suit against the Samaa TV in Supreme Court of Pakistan. There was a wide ranging protest from all quarters to stop media and journalist for becoming the “Moral Police”. They demanded that the proper boundaries should be drawn so that media/journalist can respect people’s privacy and work within their ethical limits. On social media there was a unanimous demand for apology from Maya Khan and Samaa TV along with shelving the show.
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