Islamabad: A Pakistani college is rebranding Valentine´s Day as “Sister´s Day”, and debating marking the vacation broadly seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its feminine college students.
The College of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, mentioned the change was taken to advertise “jap tradition and Islamic traditions among the many youth”.
“In our tradition, girls are extra empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, moms, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the establishment´s web site.
“We had been forgetting our tradition, and Western tradition was taking root in our society,” he continued.
“UAF was mulling a plan to distribute scarves, shawls and robes printed with the UAF insignia amongst feminine college students” on February 14, the assertion on the web site added.
College spokesman Qamar Bukhari informed AFP Monday that UAF is looking for donations because it goals to provide headscarves to no less than 1,000 of its 14,000 feminine college students.
“These scarfs can be distributed by the college administration and never their fellow male college students,” he added, saying that the aim is to make sure respect for girls.
On social media many rejected the UAF initiative — some joking that “Sister Day” may be seen as a reference to the Hindu competition of Raksha Bandhan, through which brothers vow to guard their sisters.