The Pakistani filmmaker and journalist, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, has won her first-ever Oscar Award for her marvellous documentary, Saving Faces. As expected, she dedicated her award to the women in Pakistan asking them not to give up, since tomorrow will be better than today!

Saving Faces is a documentary that highlights a horrible menace, wherein women are disfigured by throwing acid on their faces as punishment. And they are punished for what - resisting harassment, turning down a marriage proposal, etc.

I congratulate not only Sharmeen, but also people of Pakistan for this marvellous achievement. I am hopeful that one day this country will not be recognised by its tribal links that still see women as a commodity, something to settle feuds among families and tribes!


Saudi Arab, February 27.