"This is why women should be given due respect."
Shaniera Akram, the wife of legendary Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram, slammed a Twitter user for his sexist comments.
The user in question was Ameen Haq, a Pakistani cricket agent who represents cricketer Shoaib Malik posted the tweet on Monday, October 29, 2018.
Her reply was quickly praised by other users for speaking up but some agreed with Haq’s sexist comment.
He wrote: “Behind every successful man, there’s a woman who has made substantial amount of chai (tea).”
Behind every successful man, there’s a woman who has made substantial amount of chai
— Ameem Haq (@AmeemHaq) October 29, 2018
The controversial tweet saw a number of different reactions, both agreeing and disagreeing with Haq’s comment.
Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali expressed his stance on the issue of sexism.
He posted: “Sory brother I’ll not believe on this.”
Sory brother I’ll not believe on this
— Hassan Ali (@RealHa55an) October 29, 2018
While Ali was against the sexist post, Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan made the situation worse by tweeting:
“Hah, some men make it better.”
Hah. Some men make it better
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 29, 2018
Haq’s misogynistic social media post was seen by Shaniera, who replied, drawing praise from men and women for speaking up about the issue.
“And cooked and cleaned and washed and starched and ironed and gave birth and raised all his children and looked after his whole entire family. And went to work for 10 hours each day, made more money than he did and never complained once. But her Chai making was worth remembering!”
Her tweet did not receive a reply from Haq, firmly shutting down his chauvinistic stance.
And cooked and cleaned and washed and starched and ironed and gave birth and raised all his children and looked after his whole entire family. And went to work for 10 hours each day, made more money than he did and never complained once. But her Chai making was worth remembering! https://t.co/qk0YjKZuBF
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) October 29, 2018
Her response was for women, like her, who do much more to support their family than just make chai.
Shaniera’s scathing reply was lauded by many for standing up to Ameen and other men who are sexist towards women.
Users such as activist Muniba Mazari was one of the first to praise Shaniera for standing up against sexism.
She posted a simple heart emoji to show her unity against the issue.
Many of Mrs. Akram’s followers stated that she had firmly put Ameen and his comment in their place.
One supporter posted: “Being a woman needs a lot of skills, patience, bravery and courage. Not easy. This is why women should be given due respect.”
However, some people still agreed with Haq’s tweet.
One wrote: “This is not to discredit any of mentioned or thousands of other unmentioned chores she used to perform on daily basis, but to highlight the importance of chai in a man’s life.”
Another posted: “Well indirectly, he expressed his love for chai. I don’t know what was need to get that much sentimental.”
Australia-born Shaniera has been married to Wasim Akram since August 2013 when they first met in 2011 at Crown Casino, Melbourne.
It is not the first time where she has responded to online trolls. In 2017, she firmly shut down a Twitter user who said she was not a Pakistani.
Her love for the country and her philanthropy work has seen her dubbed “Pakistan’s favourite Bhabhi (sister-in-law)”.
It is clear to see from her response to a sexist comment why Shaniera has received the nickname.