Burkaklædt superhelt skaber debat
Den kvindelige pakistanske superhelt Burkahævneren bekæmper Taleban og korrupte politikere og forsvarer kvinders ret til uddannelse. Men ikke alle er lige begejstrede.
... a sense of the importance of girls’ education as well as teaching lessons about respecting the environment and embracing diversity."
From early August, children across Pakistan will be glued to their television sets to watch an unlikely female superhero clad not in spandex, but a head-to-toe, flowing black burka. Her name is apt: Burka Avenger.The heroine of the Urdu language series, set to air on Pakistan’s Geo TV, fights a menace more dangerous than physical weapons. She is primarily fighting against a local gang’s nefarious efforts to close a girls’ school.The series will trace the adventures of the book-wielding superhero and three young sidekicks – Ashu, her twin brother Immu, and their friend Mooli (who has a pet goat, Golu) – as they battle villain Baba Badook and his team of thugs in the imaginary hamlet of Halwapur.The town comes complete with a corrupt mayor, Vadero Pajero, in cahoots with Bandook and company. In the very first episode, Pajero agrees to shut down the local girls’ school in exchange for kickbacks from Bandook, a wicked magician with a thick black beard.The dialog gets right to the point. Babook says: “What business do women have with education? They should stay at home, washing, scrubbing and cleaning, toiling in the kitchen.”Young Ashu shoots back: “The girls of today are the mothers of tomorrow. If the mothers are not educated, then future generations will also remain illiterate.”Sound familiar?