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  • Problems for Pakistani women on the pitch

    by Sunny
    30th September, 2005 at 5:17 pm    

    punch-upPakistani women had to previously fight against the religious hard-liners who declared football was un-Islamic or said women should not be playing sports. Their latest enemy - errr.. themselves.

    Punjab state in Pakistan won the inaugural Women’s Football Championship in the country, but the match was marred by violence.

    A scuffle broke out between the rivals after the match when Punjab tried to celebrate their victory which enraged the losers led by their star striker Khalida Noor. The girls of both teams freely kicked and punched each other. The catfight forced the tournament organisers to enter the ground and put an end to the brawl.

    C’mon ladies, where’s the solidarity? Daily Times. BBC has more.

    The women players were fully covered to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities and no male spectators were allowed.

    The issue of women in sports flared in April when hardliners attacked runners in a mixed-sex race in Gujranwala. A ban on such races was introduced and police in Lahore used force in May to break up a race. A week later hundreds of rights activists held a mixed-sex race in the city in protest at the ban.

    In other news, Indian women once again thrash Pakistan. In cricket that is.

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    1. jamal — on 30th September, 2005 at 11:35 pm  

      I’d say this puts a new spin of football hooliganism!

      On a positive note, before the violence erupted, it showed that Muslim women can and do play sport whilst also adhering to their religion.

    2. Uncleji the media whore — on 3rd October, 2005 at 3:39 pm  

      punjabis always causing trouble !

    3. khaja — on 5th February, 2006 at 10:26 am  

      who actually involved in the fight means it was a match between indian girls vs pakistan girls ?

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