While filming a documentary with BBC in Pakistan in 2007, Saira Khan was sexually assaulted by a group of men who had circled her at first, followed by touching her all over and pressing up against her.
Saira didn’t know how to react and was quiet angry for being so naïve. She narrated the incident on ITV’s Loose Women, while confirming her liberation by a member of her crew.
Furthermore, she added that she was dressed up modestly in a traditional shalwaar kameez which featured long baggy trousers and a shirt to cover her body. Also, she wore a scarf around her head. The only visible parts of her body were her hands and face.
The documentary involved shooting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s birthday celebrations. Although the place was crowded with dozens of men but she thought it is a spiritual day so nothing would happen. How naïve was she to think that way!
Khan has accused BBC of ignoring the attack. Moreover, she believes men from Asia, Arab and Africa grow up in societies where violence against women is a cultural norm. And they need to put an end to it by understanding that women in the west are considered equal to men. So they deserve the same here too.