Nida Dar’s Dignified Response to Razzaq’s Sexist Comment
By Sarita Dey
on Sat Jul 17 2021
Sexism is a very sensitive issue. And, one of the important members of the Pakistan Women’s cricket team, Nida Dar has been at the receiving end of sexism.
Abdul Razzaq is not new to making controversial remarks. He has often found himself garnering headlines for all the wrong reasons for his absurd remarks. The former Pakistan all-rounder is being slammed on social media once again. After a clip of his recent interview on a Pakistani channel went viral. Razzaq made some sexist remarks against Pakistan women’s cricket team star Nida Dar on the show.
The 41-year-old Razzaq had even gone to extent of stating that when somebody shakes hands with Dar. They will not even feel that she is a girl.
“She aspires to come to the level of the men’s cricket team and believes that men aren’t the only ones who can do everything,women can do these things as well. That’s why the feeling is gone. Shake her hands and you won’teven feel she’s a girl,” said Razzaq.
“Their field is as such. When they become cricketers, they strive to be as equal as their male counterparts, if not better than them. They want to prove that not only men but can also do it as well. The feeling [to get married] is gone [by the time they excel. If you shake her hands, you won’t even feel she’s a girl,” Razzaq said on the show.
When asked to respond to the comments made by Abdul Razzaq, Dar did so with a sense of calm. She reasoned that a woman cricketer does batting, bowling, and fielding, and over the course of time, their bodies become hard. Dar also stated that if she had not chosen to play cricket she would have surely been a professional in another sport.
“Our profession is such that we have to do batting, bowling and every other thing [that the sport requires] which needs fitness, so yes your body does become hard. If I hadn’t been a cricketer, I would have definitely been a [sports] professional of some sort,” said Dar in an interview.
The former Pakistan all-rounder was slammed left, right, and center for his misogynist remarks as fans lashed out at him for ‘humiliating Dar, who is one of the finest cricketers in the country at present.
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