These Pakistani dramas have destroyed the ‘father-daughter’ relationship and it needs to stop. What do you think?

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Most of the Pakistani population is rooted in patriarchal norms and customs. These self-made traditional values continuously add to our society’s misogynistic morals, which increase crimes against women, as she is often burdened with the responsibility of carrying the family’s honor.

Instead of eradicating this thought process, Pakistani dramas continue to further this mindset by introducing increasingly alarming tropes and scenarios in their episodes.

An extremely popular storyline in the present dramas is the female protagonist VS the entire world (including their own family) situation. In many dramas, the father figure is shown to be in distress because he cannot handle his daughter’s misfortunes.

The said misfortunes are often associated with the daughter’s marriage and parental burdens, which escalates our society’s regressive mindsets.

Here are some examples of the dramas that have successfully established that daughters are burdens on parents:

The father dies because of his daughter.

  • Mehrposh – The father gets a heart attack when the female protagonist’s husband divorces her in front of the entire family. The father dies as he could not bear the dishonor his daughter’s misfortune brought the family.
  • Yaariyan – Another father ends up dying when he realizes how his one daughter toyed with his other daughter’s life.
  • Jhooti – The father succumbs to a heart attack here too due to constant blackmailing and torture by the ‘troublemaker’ daughter. Only here, the mother is shown to have died previously due to constant disturbances created by the daughter.
  • Uraan – This drama also shows the heart attack scene when the father’s nephew threatens to marry the daughter forcefully.
  • Ghalati – The father dies of a heart attack here too when he sees his daughter being divorced amidst a family gathering.

The daughter is made the culprit of the father’s distress.

  • Ruswai – The father of a gang-rape survivor cannot deal with things and is always shown in an emotionally burdened state. It is shown that the father wants to commit suicide, and eventually, he loses his life in a car crash.
  • Pyar Ke Sadqay – The father dies of a heart attack while in jail when he realizes that the series’s villain is manipulating his daughter into marrying him in exchange for his bail.
  • Tum Ho Wajah – The father is shown to be weakened by his daughter eloping and eventually succumbs to a heart attack.
  • Nand – The father dies in a car crash while chasing after his daughter, who has been forcefully taken from the house by her husband.
  • Zebaish – The father dies trying to save his daughter from falling victim to the villain’s evil plans.

 

The scriptwriters should stop dramatizing sensitive matters like the trivialization of ethos attached to a daughter’s married life. The exploitation of such concepts has changed the mindsets of the Pakistani audience for the worse. While parents, especially fathers, should be the most powerful support system of a girl, our dramas showcase how the parents are only in misery because of their daughters. These writers should take lessons from dramas that are showcasing the positive side of the story.

Here are some examples of the dramas that are breaking the cycle and introducing a healthier model of fatherhood:

  • Inkaar – The father becomes his daughter’s biggest support system and stands with her as she faces the uphill battle of getting justice.
  • Durr-e-Shehwar – The father writes encouraging letters to his daughter, and they become her guidance and strength as she struggles to settle in with her in-laws.
  • Sabaat – The father extends such immense support to his daughter that she does not hesitate to walk out of a toxic marriage.

Via: Diva Online

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