I Am Malala

Chapter 4: The village

Malala comments that "I am very proud to be Pashtun, but sometimes I think our code of conduct has a lot to answer for, particularly where the treatment of women is concerned". What do the stories of Shahida, Seema, and Soraya tell us about the treatment of women in this society? 

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Each girl has a story. I'll do Seema first but you need to ask about each of the other girls in a separate question.  Seema is a beautiful fifteen-year-old girl. She would flirt with another boy she loved simply by batting her eyelashes. Flirting is forbidden for girls: it brings shame on her family.  It was said that she committed suicide but later Malala learns that her family poisoned her.