Yet another actress in Pakistan fell victim to cybercrime and harassment after her personal photos and videos were leaked online. Pakistani pop singer Rabi Pirzada recently sold her phone and someone hacked the password, leaking her private pictures and videos. After her intimate photos and videos were shared online, it went viral and she declared that she is quitting showbiz.
میں رابی پیرذادہ شوبز سے کنارہ کشی اختیار کرتی ہوں ۔ اللہ تعالیٰ میرے گناہوں کو معاف کرے۔ اور میرے حق میں لوگوں کا دل نرم کرے۔
وَتُعِزُ مَن تَشَاء وَتُذِلُ مَن تَشَاء#SaveaSoul
— Rabi Pirzada (@Rabipirzada) November 4, 2019
Translation: “I, Rabi Pirzada, am quitting showbiz. May God forgive my sins and soften the hearts of people in my favour. #SaveaSoul”
Pirzada recently came into limelight when she released a song in support of people of Indian-held Kashmir in which she was wearing a suicide jacket. She also released a video where she is surrounded by snakes and threatened Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi.
People started an online campaign with the hashtag #iamrabipirzada in support of Rabi. The trend was initiated by Fouzia Gillani, a Pakistani expat law student:
Its my choice to support #Rabipirzada in this way. If people don’t get offended by nudity while watching the porn then they shouldn’t even get offended to see a naked woman supporting a cause.#iamrabipirzada
Thank you everyone for support.❤️ pic.twitter.com/Y86516CUxD
— Fauzia Ilyas (@FauziaGilani) November 3, 2019
She wrote in her Facebook post:
Nude pictures of Rabi Pir Zada were leaked by another person, however Pakistani people were cursing her instead of demanding an investigation against the person who leaked those photos and videos.
Just wondering after reading many women that why she took such photos.
There are several cases where men harassed woman by sending their nudes in women inbox. Then they don’t feel shame but if a woman come up with those ideas then their so called values hurt.
It’s a hypocrisy and it should be ended now.
Alishba Zarmeen, a Pakistani expat in Canada tweeted:
Let’s demystify human body and take away slut-shaming. That’s the only way to move forward. Luckily, my entire business is built around the very concept & empowering women to embrace all they’re made of.
In solidarity with #RabiPeerzada and Qandeels of the world.#iamrabipirzada pic.twitter.com/zFcWsQqrAN
— Alishba (@SecularlyYours) November 3, 2019
Another Twitter user thought it's not the right way to defend Rabi, and tweeted:
And this is the shittiest way supporting her.
— Aisha Jamil (@ItsssAisha) November 3, 2019
Farhan Virk, a Pakistani blogger and MBBS doctor tweeted:
رابی پیرزادہ کی حمایت میں لوگ کپڑے اتار کر اپنے مخصوص اعضا پر #IamRabiPirzada لکھ رہے ہیں۔ یہ کیا جاہلانہ طریقہ ہے کسی کی حمایت کا؟ ان لوگوں کا دماغ ٹھیک ہے؟
— Dr Farhan K Virk (@FarhanKVirk) November 3, 2019
In support of Rabi Pirzada people are taking off clothes and writing #iamrabipirzada on their private parts. What is this silly way of supporting someone? These people are not in their senses. click on this tree and look at this ignorance
Twitter spat leads to speculations
In Pakistan, cinema gets backing and support by the propaganda wing of the military ISPR. The ISPR director general, Asif Ghafoor is active on Twitter and came in support of an item song in the film, Kaaf Kangana, an ISPR project.
Pic 1. The item song is by an indian girl in the movie as per her role, you may watch movie to know the context.
Pic 2. It is neither at GHQ (GHQ is at Rwp not Islamabad) nor of an event organised for ISPR as such.
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) October 28, 2019
Rabi exchanged a tweet with the DG ISPR and called him out for supporting an item number. Dance or item numbers are looked down upon in Pakistani society where actresses shame each other for showing skin. The song's lyrics take a dig at India and was a point of interest for Pakistani Twitterati.
Rabi shamed the DG and tweeted:
— Rabi Pirzada (@Rabipirzada) October 31, 2019
Many Pakistani Twitter users are blaming Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor for leaking Rabi Pirzada's private videos and pictures. However, there are no direct links or proof that it is more than Twitter chatter.
A Twitter user commented:
she criticized asif ghafoor and her pictures and videos got leaked after 1 hours
— Maaz Siddiqui (@m_siddiq7) November 1, 2019
leaks came after she criticized ghafoor for defending item song.. hence everyone doubting him
— Muhandis (@TheMuhandiss) November 1, 2019
Rabi's incident not only shows how victims of a data breach are dealt with in Pakistan but also highlights the hypocrisy and double standards of society as a whole.