About Alena Sadiq

Alena Sadiq was born in Pakistan and has lived there all her life. She is sixteen, and in her last year of GCSE O levels. Due to her own experience with depression, she wants to make mental illness an acceptable condition in her society, and encourage people to treat it as a medical problem, and not make it a ‘taboo’ subject. She also strongly believes in the empowerment of women, and their equality in status with men. After studying the history of her country, she has come to the conclusion that religion should have nothing to do with the affairs of the state. Her knowledge isn’t vast, and her opinions are still changing, but she wants to make a difference to her country, and to the world.

Opinion: Pakistan abandoned Fakhra in her life, will it abandon her in death too?

Alena SadiqFakhra Yunus was a Pakistani woman who, from the very beginning of her life till the very end, was marginalized by society.  She worked as a prostitute in Karachi until she married Bilal Khar, the son of Punjab’s great feudal, and ex-chief minister, Ghulam Mustafa Khar. The fairy-tale marriage that Khar had promised her soon evolved into regular beatings and abuses. One day, Fakhra left for her mother’s house, and soon enough Khar came there and threw acid on her while she was asleep. Her hair burned off her head, her lips fused together, she lost one eye and the acid seeped so far down under that it melted her breasts too.continue reading →