“Women are not allowed in the market,” reads a banner displayed at the entrance of a market in Mingora. Taliban have banned the entry of women in markets and ordered the killing of women who violate the ban. Most shop owners have sold or shut down their businesses because of falling sales following the restriction.
For people like us who are living in Karachi and other urban centres, the restriction of this kind of public space (a market for clothes) is unheard. My question is: what in the God’s name government is doing in Swat besides placating right wing crack pots (Read Rabia’s blog for details). Another thing that frightens me is that, if this remains unchecked and the government continues to give in to these people, it may spread out to other parts of the country.