Pakistan is a nation dogged by Obscurantism, and the well-known saying is, that its ruled by the gun (army) and the mullah. Both are a deadly combination, and as a result, a film with a social content "padman" has been banned by the Pak Censor Board. Some are even calling for a ban on "Padmavati" as it supposed to show Muslims in poor light. The Asian Age has reported that the film is banned, but Twitterati are furious at the ban

The film stars Akshay Kumar and centers on the use of sanitary pads by women. It is well known that 80% or maybe more women and girls in the villages of both Pakistan and India are not aware of sanitary pads and obviously don't use them.

The film is based on a true story of a man in Coimbatore and is a must-see for all women and men who are grown up, for it touches on a topic that concerns health and hygiene. It is of topical interest in Pakistan where similar conditions like in India prevail.


The Pakistan Censor Board has however overlooked the social content of the film and banned it. The reason given is that it is against Pakistan and Muslim culture and is un-Islamic. Whatever that means has not been elucidated. But all the same, the Pak women will not get to see an educative film.

One reason for the ban is that Pakistan does not want to liberate its women and second is that it is made in India. Somehow India is like a red rag to a bull for Pakistan.

Pakistan is steeped in obscurantism as can be seen that the notorious blasphemy law is still on the statute books and many people are hanged for it. The governor of Punjab who opposed this law was shot dead by his own bodyguard. In fact, Pakistan is a terrible place.

The movie itself is topical, and Akshay Kumar has done a splendid job to convey the message that all women must use sanitary pads.

The film is also a hit and the Pak ban notwithstanding, the film remains a crusader for women's rights.

Twitter erupts

Many people in Pakistan have taken to Twitter to express their anger at the ban. In fact, Twitter is full of people who have tweeted that the ban should be revoked. Ammara Ahwad, a Pakistani journalist, wrote on Twitter, "Yes, Pakistani Women menstruate too.

I support #Padman and menstrual hygiene. Ban on @PadManTheFilm in Pakistan is senseless. Release it now."

She is not the only one and among the legion is columnist Mehar Tarar who has written "Menstruation is a fact of life, and bringing it to mainstream consciousness is neither immoral nor un-Islamic,"

One sometimes wonders where Pakistan is heading. The film has been released in Muslim countries like UAE, Dubai, and the Middle East and the houses are full. Could Pakistan take a lesson from these nations?