“Why is divorce normalised so much"
Since the first episode of Sirf Tum aired, the drama has met its fair share of criticism and controversy surrounding its storyline and scenes.
From being locked in a room with her fiance to drinking alcohol on their marital bed, Sirf Tum has both angered and hooked its audience, leaving them wanting more from the drama.
The latest episode is no different and has raised discussions about the way divorces are portrayed in drama serials.
In the episode, viewers witness Hamza (Mohsin Abbas Haider) divorcing his wife Amal (Sukaina Khan).
The scene shows the pair arguing in her father’s office and in the heat of the moment, Amal says she doesn’t want to live with Hamza anymore.
Hamza then says he is happy she said that. In front of his father-in-law, he verbally divorces her.
The episode was met with mixed responses.
Some viewers said they felt for Amal as she was humiliated in front of her father while also blaming Hamza for her plight.
Others have said she deserved the divorce but that Hamza was wrong to have given it so quickly without any legal representatives present.
The scene has been deemed “insensitive” and Hamza’s attitude is believed to be cocky as he emerged victorious from his decision.
Kashif Mehmood, who plays Amal’s father was also criticised for appearing to be unphased by the fact that his daughter has been humiliated in front of him.
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One viewer said: “Why is divorce normalised so much in every drama nowadays?
“Dramas give the impression that it is really easy to give divorce now, stop spreading this.”
Another said: “Amal is a bad person, she did wrong, but no girl deserves to go through this.”
One comment read: “No wonder Geo TV dramas are worst among all, just look at the level of overacting, and the insensitivity with which a matter like divorce is handled.
“And before that, both were shown consuming alcohol on their wedding night.”
In many recent Pakistani dramas, divorce has appeared to be portrayed lightly and viewers argue that the dramas are giving out the wrong message in regards to such a sensitive issue.
Under Section 7 of the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, a husband can verbally divorce to his wife and is then required to send a written notice to the Union Council in order to obtain the divorce certificate.
The notice must state the ex-wife’s place of residence and then she also receives a copy of the divorce notice.
The pair then have a 30-day period, should they wish to reconcile.