Dear LUBP, I will be eternally grateful if you could please publish the following few lines.
I don’t want to disclose my name due to obvious reasons. A few years ago, my sister (an acid attack victim) was contacted by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who said she wanted to conduct some confidential research on incidents of acid attack in Pakistan. Sharmeen told my sister that she runs an NGO which wants to provide medical, legal and social support to her and other victims of acid attack. Because of personal security reasons, my sister (and other family members) categorically told Sharmeen that no part of the personal data or video was to be shown to ordinary public. Sharmeen made my sister to sign a document, which she hardly understood, by assuring that this would bring foreign aid for her ongoing care and well being. However, as it subsequently transpired, Sharmeed did not honour her promise and used the miseries of my sister and other poor women to promote her personal socio-economic interests, in order to win an Oscar and earn money, popularity and various prizes. However, this all came at an unbearable price for my sister and other women who were trapped and deceived by Sharmeen and her production team.
My sister’s tragic story, including some private details, were released for public consumption. Her tragedy was sold as a profitable commodity by Sharmeen and her media production team. My sister and other family members have been subject to harassment and ridicule. Sharmeen and her promised medical, legal and social aid is nowhere to be seen!
I want to categorically state that my sister never allowed Sharmeen to show this film in Pakistan or anywhere in the world. This is a disrespect to my sister and our entire family, many of our relatives will make an issue of it. Men in Pakistan gossip all the time if they see a woman in a film, and rich, elite women such as Sharmeen exploit poor women’s miseries to earn a few dollars.
My sister never wanted to show her face to the cinema audience in New York or Karachi. She and other victims were absolutely clear in their mind in not allowing any public screening as that would jeopardise their life in Pakistan and make it difficult for them to continue to live in a relatively peaceful manner. The minuscule peace in our lives have been further shattered by a greedy elite woman from Karachi.
Through this letter, I want to clearly state that my sister’s life may be in more danger and we’re scared that, God forbid, we could face the same type of incident again. If anything untoward happens to my sister or any other family member, Sharmeen and her production team must be charged with intent to harm.
May God be with my sister and other victims of acid attack and Sharmeen Mafia.