“So, it’s not okay for women to be touched by male doctors, but male executioners can hold hands and slap bottoms in front of milling crowds?” asked a Lahore-based lawyer in an April 6 op-ed in Pakistan’s English-language daily The News.
“Apparently only girls must be punished for their libido. Boys, after all, become men when they can ‘tap that’.”
He was referring to the video that surfaced recently of a woman being flogged by the Taliban in Swat, allegedly for contact with a man she wasn’t married to.... The frank, almost shocking nature of this piece showcases how Pakistan’s media offers a more open platform for debate than many Americans might have realized, one that is vital for building public support against Taliban ideology.