Iqra Aziz reacts to social media anger caused by marital rape scene
Marriage is based on trust, love and consent, said Pakistani actress Iqra Aziz, responding to the furore on social media after a marital rape scene from Ranjha Ranjha Kardi went viral.
Iqra Aziz and Imran Ashraf are receiving rave reviews for their performance in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. The drama serial has become popular with fans largely owing to Imran Ashraf’s portrayal of Bhola.
A scene from the drama serial, however, has provoked anger on social media. The writers, directors and producers have come under fire for showing a marital rape scene in the drama.
In episode 20, Bhola, under the influence of heavy medication, assaults Noori, portrayed by Iqra Aziz. Bhola’s mother later defends her son as he returns to his ‘normal’ state.
People took it as a justification of rape and spoke out against it on social media.
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In #RanjhaRanjhaKrdi episode 21 bhola does the marital rape and the whole situation in drama is portrayed like it was suppose to happen and that rape is rewarded in shape of the household authority. I know this happen around the globe and 1/2
— Leonidas (@Leonida18899241) April 6, 2019
I haven’t even seen the episode yet but I’m feeling delirious reading about it. It’s so brutal I’m almost laughing to myself because it’s that unfunny #RanjhaRanjhaKardi
— Crime Master Gogi (@tvphangurl1) April 13, 2019
— Ayesha-عائیشہ 🇵🇰 (@Ayesha_ZaYain2) April 13, 2019
Poor Noori. She can’t trust Sahir and she definitely can not stay with bhola anymore. Marital rape isn’t acceptable. This drama, I can’t. 😭💔 #RanjhaRanjhaKardi
— Maryam (@BefourMaryam) April 13, 2019
#RanjhaRanjhaKardi is progressing into a new level of awfulness. Are we ever going to find out what is wrong with Bhola? Sahir is a garbage person. Chacha and Chachi are the worst and I’m totally pissed with Bhola’s mum acting like Noorie is her son’s new toy to play with.
— Faz Begum (@FarzanaBegum2) April 14, 2019
I’m so disappointed in how disgusting Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is right now. Couple of weeks ago how lovable Bhola’s character was now what they are showing is so disturbing. Hats off to Iqra for doing this extremely challenging role but what they’re showing is so wrong!
— Farah (@fayrahs) April 14, 2019
You know what is more disturbing about #RanjhaRanjhaKardi ? People coming up with reasons to defend what Bhola is doing to Noori. Like no. There is NO JUSTIFICATION for rape. No girl deserves to live in such a toxic relationship just bcz her husband is mentally ill.
— aliya. (@yaaremann) April 18, 2019
Iqra finally took to Instagram and replied to the furore, stating that marital rape was wrong and it was important that there be trust, love and consent between man and wife.
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One of the most pressing issues today, that we don’t talk about is that we think of marriage as a binding contract to anything and everything, but marriage is based on trust and love and consent. Consent to live, to breathe, to be able to say no. I hope #nooriandbhola live happily ever after and let’s see how #noori tackles with all the problems and #sahir in this situation.