I have come across two great stories in Us recently: ‘The unchallenged tyranny’ (February 12) and ‘Girls will never be good enough’ (February 19) by Maleeha Durrani. I am super impressed with this new writer. She has a beautiful style and writes in a very sensitive way. Both her stories reflect the ills being faced by girls particularly, but I would like to point out that male students are often tyrannised by their teachers. They are probably too proud to come out in the open and admit that they have been harassed by their female professors and lecturers. As someone who has the firsthand experience of the immoral behavior of his teacher at university level, I can assure you that being bullied and harassed is equally traumatic, whether the recipient is male or female. I really believe all classrooms should have cameras, and the authorities should conduct snap checks and take feedback from students regularly.
M. A., Lahore
In this week’s issue of Us, I came across the cover story ‘10 things every child with autism wishes you knew’ excerpted from the book by Ellen Notbohm. As a teacher, I come across many children who remain undiagnosed till they are in higher classes.
Unfortunately, their behavior is ignored as most of the ones I have come across are from very affluent families. Children from such families are arrogant and their behavior is tolerated by school management because they don’t want to offend people who don’t blink whenever the tuition fees are raised. By the time the teachers or parents become aware, it gets difficult to deal with their problems.
My request to parents, teachers and the readers who see such problems in their younger siblings is to immediately seek help. Awareness is the first step, then comes acceptance and after that helping these children becomes relatively easier.
A concerned teacher, Karachi
Long time, no ‘The Eid engagement and other weddings’! Waiting for it, so please don’t be so stingy. Too long a waiting period is not good for the mental health of the readers, and you should know that it is your responsibility to look after our wellbeing. Kidding, of course, but please don’t wait us too long for the installments.
Sarah Ahsan, Lahore
Narrated Aisha (R.A):
Some of the wives of the Prophet (S.A.W) asked him, “Who amongst us will be the first to follow you (i.e. die after you)?” He said, “Whoever has the longest hand.” So they started measuring their hands with a stick and Sauda’s (R.A) hand turned out to be the longest. When Zainab bint Jahsh (R.A) died first of all in the caliphate of ‘Umar (R.A), we came to know that the long hand was a symbol of practicing charity, so she was the first to follow the Prophet and she used to love to practice charity. (Sauda died later in the caliphate of Muawiya).
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 24, Number 501
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