Friday, February 12, 2016
Pakistan - In Lahore, Muslim women slam Valentine's Day for destroying the family.
Pakistan - In Lahore, Muslim women slam Valentine's Day for destroying the family. (AsiaNews).
The goal is "to defend our homes. Secularists and liberals condemn religious leaders for their outdated beliefs, but then do not tolerate it when their daughters and sisters date. We have to save our generation and propagate the culture of honour and respect,” said Samia Raheel Qazi, president of the women section of Jamat-e-Islami (Jl), a conservative Islamist Party, during a protest in front of the Press Club of Lahore.
Shouting "Our values, our asset", women handed out leaflets and held banners against the "Western" and consumerist culture that underpin Valentine's Day. Whilst not taking part in the rally, Catholics share the Muslim women’s family values.
The protesters gave passers-by books on the Islamic way of life, marriage, family protection, the system of values and parental dignity.
The protest was held at a location crowded with sellers of flowers, balloons, teddy bears and other accessories for Valentine Day celebrations.
Protesters also plan to write to those companies that publish unethical advertising in newspapers and magazines.
"The use of Internet and media is harming our culture,” Samia Raheel Qazi said. “Our youth are being infected by immorality and their change in behaviour is destroying our family system.”