Designer Maheen Khan is returning her Lux Style awards in solidarity with victims of abuse
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This is not a good year for the Lux Style Awards. Designer Maheen Khan joins director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in announcing that she will return her awards to support victims of domestic violence.
Khan, a giant in the fashion industry, posted a note on Instagram calling the awards “not a platform that feeds them.”[s] justice”.
“In a world where one in three women worldwide is physically or s*xually assaulted and rape and domestic abuse are not addressed, it is imperative that those with a voice use it,” captioned a photo posted Sunday night.
“Physical abuse of women and girls is a violation of human rights. Someone’s daughter today, may be yours tomorrow. While many of us raise our voices against the deaths of Zainab, Noor and others, the recklessness and insensitivity of a recent awards show is laughable,” she said.
“Whatever my conscience may be, I can no longer associate myself with an event that disregards their plight. In solidarity with those whose basic human rights to live free from violence continue to be violated, I will return my Lux Style Awards.
Read the caption, “This is such a sad day as I hope the Lux Style Award show will stand out as not only a style champion, but also a platform that nurtures justice for women and stands out as a proud beacon of hope for every child and woman who has ever been violated.”
LSAs are no stranger to controversy, but this year the awards have been overshadowed by one nomination – the nomination of Feroze Khan, who has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Aliza Sultan. His nomination for Best Actor (Audience’s Choice) – and his subsequent win – enraged a lot of people. Obaid Chinoy announced before the show that he would be returning the lifetime award for his nomination, and social media was awash with criticism of LSAs.
In response, the organizers “respect the freedom and diversity of audience views, [they do] does not regulate or limit interaction on our social media platforms (except in cases of content that contains obscene or inappropriate language).”
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