Hadiqa Kiani Addresses Hadsa Backlash Regarding Motorway Incident Story
The controversy surrounding the television series ‘Hadsa’ has intensified as internet users criticize its handling of a highly sensitive subject. This backlash emerged after journalist Fereeha Idrees shared a distressing conversation she had with Z, a survivor of the motorway incident supposedly depicted in the show.
When the phone rang, I never expected this to be Z’s call. Z was the person whom I had spoken to a couple of years ago post her traumatic experience on motorway. Those were tumultuous times when everyone’s attention was focused on Z, while she was grappling to keep her sanity…
— Fereeha M Idrees (@Fereeha) August 27, 2023
Fereeha conveyed Z’s struggles for justice and privacy, emphasizing her desire to move on while holding the culprits accountable. Z’s emotional account shed light on the intrusive nature of the show’s portrayal, prompting her to question the motives behind such dramatization.
Social media was quick to respond, with users expressing deep concern over the exploitation of survivors’ pain for the sake of entertainment. Many felt that the drama industry’s approach was callous and that it further added to the suffering of survivors. The widespread sentiment was that such sensitive topics demanded more responsible handling.
The drama is so triggering for all the women out there, but I can't even imagine what that brave woman is going through. Last time at Tere Bin, it was 'marital rape', so you guys got a press pass by adding voiceover. @HarPalGeoTv, what will you do now? https://t.co/cW0dlhHLHB
— Sameen Aziz (@sameenaziz_) August 28, 2023
This is absolutely horrifying. Cashing in on someone's tragedy, making them relive their trauma again and again. This is just vile. #Pemra, where are u on such occasions. This is just criminal. https://t.co/a8gYBd6V28
— Aaliya Javed (@Aaliyajaved) August 28, 2023
In response to the furor, Hadiqa Kiani, a part of the project, took to a platform to clarify her stance. She asserted that the show was not specifically based on any individual’s story but rather aimed to highlight the pervasive issue of sexual violence in society.
To know that something I have been a part of is being used to hurt and trigger a survivor is something I cannot stand for. pic.twitter.com/7GmV3IMG2B
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) August 28, 2023
Hadiqa stressed the need for trigger warnings to acknowledge the painful content and to ensure that viewers, especially survivors, were prepared for the subject matter. Her statement focused on the importance of empowering survivors and fostering conversations about sexual violence while respecting their feelings and experiences.