New Delhi: Reham Khan, renowned Pakistani journalist and former wife of Pakistani cricketer and politician Imran Khan recently made a visit to India to attend a conference organised by the India Today group. In the event, India Today Conclave 2016 Reham Khan spoke about misogyny and how women can become champions of peace.
During the conference Reham Khan referred to Bollywood actor Salman Khan and said “I am a woman, I look like a woman, I behave like a woman. But people in Pakistan call me Dabangg like Sallu.”
In the conference Reham Khan basically spoke about women empowerment across the borders.
Addressing the gathering, Reham said that she preferred to dress by keeping a white chadar (sheet of cloth) over her head since it was representative of the Pakhtun culture and the culture of Pakistan as well.
Reham Khan said “I don’t dress up a certain way just because I married a man.”
In her address to the crowd Reham also spoke about how she mingled with the common people of Pakistan. “When I sit with them on the floor and eat Makai ki Roti, then it is easier for me to talk to them and tell them how they can further improve their lifestyle.”
Addressing a question on her marriage to Imran, the former BBC journalist responded, “We all commit mistakes, and so did I. The world is changing, I did not marry each time for a certain status a man has. We might profess to be modern, but we still may not end up listening to the woman. One thing I’m really proud of is the way my son is raised, he’s a 22-year-old boy who gives me immense pride.”
She exemplified the movie Kapoor & Sons, starring Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra, Reham notes how the movie is revolved around sons, and not daughters.
Reham added “Like India, in Pakistan as well we find Chandhary & Sons, when will there come a day, when we can boast of a Malik & daughters. These are the sublime messages our kids end up picking.”
Further adding to the debate, Reham insisted that women should always speak up. ”There is one thing that binds us together, which is the ‘hushed silence’. We hide the reality of our homes,” said Reham.
The Indian actor, politician and activist Gul PANAG who was also present in the India Today Conclave along with Reham Khan also spoke on women empowerment across the border.
Gul Panag even added,“We must use our shared history to unite us. Only when there is peace can societies grow. Our relationship is one that is older than the government and the states. The answer is people-to-people contact and culture. Women can be the peacemakers when it comes to people-to-people contact. We have tried SAARC, but that has not been of much use.”