In a country where women are raped and murdered due to being stalked by dangerous men, such a narrative is toxic and encourages acceptance of such behavior rather than condemnation. There should be nothing romantic about a man withholding consent from a woman or failing to maintain boundaries. This is not true love; it is a sign that a toxic man follows you into your life, so please flee whenever a man expresses his love by making your life difficult.
There are no circumstances in which abuse is acceptable, and only dramas such as Kankar and Chup Raho fully convey this message to their audiences. However, the industry is replete with scenes of violence against women; therefore, who is surprised when the same phenomenon occurs in Pakistan’s society?
In dramas such as ‘Mere dard ko zubande’ and ‘Muqabil,’ there is a strong concept of showing the rapist empathy. By endowing rapists with humanity and likeability, the victim’s agony and trauma are obliterated. Rape is not an error, a poor choice, or a source of entertainment. It’s a choice, a crime that alters a victim’s life for the rest of their years.
Shadi, shadi! Which drama does not feature a shadi and is not about a man or woman getting married and their marital life? While marriage is a significant part of most people’s lives, it is not the only thing of value in life. This promotion leads viewers to believe that shadi is the solution to all problems and that without it, all humans will perish.
Divorce, like marriage, is a natural part of life. Occasionally, it works out, and occasionally, two people must call it quits. Divorce is portrayed as the final act in Pakistani dramas. KhudParast, Man Mayal, Nazr-e-Bad, and Faisla portray divorce in a subdued manner and teach women that divorce is the end of their journey, even if their marriages were already toxic and destructive.
A recurring theme in the majority of Pakistani drama is the animosity between female relationships, which is not the case with brotherhood representation. It is divisive to teach women that they can never be friends with their saas, bahu, and bhabhi. Why must all women be depicted in conflict with one another out of jealousy and petty motives? This narrative is becoming increasingly harmful because it teaches women to view other women as competitors rather than friends.
A man defrauds and ends the drama, still happy or receiving sympathy from the audience due to karma. When a woman commits adultery? She is portrayed as the serial’s worst character, so cunning and unforgivable. Mere Pass tum hou and Mohabbat Na Kariyo are the most egregious examples of how a man is given a second chance because he made a mistake, but the woman is not.