Pervez Hoodbhoy Irks Netizens Over Remarks On Burqa and Hijab

Can we stop telling women what to wear already!

Pervez Hoodbhoy

Despite branding himself a progressive, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy still thinks it’s okay to shame women for what they wear.

In a recent appearance on television, the intellectual made remarks about burqa and hijab that has Netizens outraged. What did he say that has people riled up? Saying women that don burqas or a hijab are ‘not normal’.

“You hardly ever see a normal woman in the classes anymore. Almost all are burqa and hijab-clad. We rarely see them asking any questions in the class because they don’t have any confidence at all.”

The nuclear physicist stumbled on the subject when discussing how women’s extracurricular activities in university have declined. He associated the shift with women donning burqa and hijab.

“Hijab, burqa has become common in Quaid-e-Azam University, … You won’t find a normal girl on the campus,” said Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy.

Of course, the decline in people being active and outdoorsy has nothing to do with the fact that everyone’s on their phone all the time, right?

To say Netizens are seething is an understatement. This anger has less to do with advocating women’s right to wear what they want and more about people’s religious sentiments.



Now #HijabIsObligatory is trending on social media. These people are still missing the memo that it’s not okay to police women’s clothing.

Now’s a good time for all to reflect how it’s offensive to police women’s clothing. The reasons for doing so are always rooted in control as the same ‘favor’ isn’t extended to men.


Regardless of whether your reasons are religious or egalitarian. Remember how we’re responsible solely for ourselves.


Meanwhile, television presenter Kiran Naaz made a point to protest by wearing a burqa. Many are dubbing this an insult to Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy. (but how really?)


How do you feel about people shaming women for not wearing burqa and hijab to oppose a man shaming women for wearing burqa and hijab? Why didn’t people opt for the obvious route of moderation and not police women’s clothing but rather allow them to exercise their right to choose?

Let us know in the comments below what you think is a solution to jumping between both extremes.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.


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