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Twitterati’s Role in Shaping the Khalid Bajwa Scandal

Twitterati’s Role in Shaping the Khalid Bajwa Scandal

Saniya Rashid
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Patari CEO and co-founder, Khalid Bajwa, just resigned amidst claims of sexual harassment by several women. Mehravar Ali took to Twitter to claim that she was harassed by him on various occasions. Another girl, Zainab, also detailed how she was harassed by Bajwa at the age of 17 when he was himself 27. The following tweets spread like wildfire.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a social media uproar on the issue, with the Twitterati taking different views of the situation.

The women received a lot of support from many. People reprimanded Khalid Bajwa for misusing the power his position brings him. An outpour of similar tweets laid it all out clear and simple for what it is.

Others were quick to further bully the victims by suggesting that the women were responsible for this treatment in the first place.

No comments on such tweets, for they fly in the face of both, empathy and logic.

However, we see a disturbing pattern in how the majority responded and it is something worth pondering on. A lot of people took a more nuanced form of victim shaming by questioning why the girls continued the conversation.

They claim it was inherently in their power to end the conversation. Thankfully, this Twitter user dug out the root of the problem by pointing out the years of training that go into a woman’s “character building” by the society around.

 

This sneaky shift of the blame is what is problematic. Half-hearted acceptance of a problem will only result in further victim shaming and give more power to perpetrators like Khalid Bajwa, who even in silence have people doing their dirty work for them. Interestingly, this tweet from last year saw Bajwa calling out the mentality that allows men to get away with sexual harassment.

While Bajwa completely went off the grid in the wake of evidence surfacing against him, Patari has issued the following statement.

Khalid Bajwa Patari Twitter

The swiftness of action is commendable here because it sets a precedent for other organizations to not indulge in victim shaming. True, this might be more helpful fot Patari in garnering good press. However, it does not take away from the fact that it is a step towards giving more voice to victims. Let’s do just that. Empower women to speak up against workplace harassment. And, also let’s critically assess the patriarchal mindset that seemingly legitimizes moral policing of women who are already suffering at the hands of their perpetrators.

 

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