“A letter to The News”:http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=50679 about the claims made by the “Jamia Hafsa:”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamia_Hafsa
bq.. The civil society must take strong exception to the *allegation made on TV channel by one of the two cleric brothers of “Lal Masjid”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6503477.stm that there are 500,000 brothels operating in Pakistan and about 10 million women are involved in this business.* Doing some demographic calculations, this implies that God forbid, *every third woman here between the ages 20 and 40 is involved.* That is a big insult to the society and the both the brothers must be taken to task for passing such derogatory remarks.
I fail to understand why these clerics focus only on the so-called ‘uriani and fahashi’ alone and don’t see so many other social and moral evils in the country. They seem to be too obsessed with issues related to women. *For example, can these gentlemen tell us the number of dacoits, smugglers, murderers, kidnappers, black marketers and so on?* If they know of half a million brothels, do they also know how many ‘kharkar’ camps are operating in the country where hundreds of kidnapped children are languishing, or how many private jails are there? Why is it that Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, and indeed many other so-called guardians of morality, only find issues related to women so important?
p. !http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42739000/jpg/_42739363_hafsa2_afp_300.jpg! The surprising bit is not that the operators of Lal Masjod believe “*every third woman here between the ages 20 and 40” is a prostitute, it is that people still follow them besides their obviously thin grip on reality. It would be nice to see the math used to come up with a figure of 500,000 brothels. With such extensive research into the fabric of society, the data gathered by the majid could be very helpful for establishing many other facts about Pakistan. Unless of course, it’s just a made up figure, designed to fool the gullible.
Another interesting factoid is that besides capturing a children’s library, they’ve also taken over land belonging to the National Book Foundation.