KRQ lands in hot water again for remarks against men who demand dowry

In a recent appearance on a local television channel, screenwriter and director Khalilur Rehman Qamar (KRQ) landed himself in hot water once again for his controversial statements on marriage and dowry.

KRQ declared, “I prefer love marriage because I think that is the only way of getting rid of the curse of dowries in our society. Jahez is the biggest sin.” According to him, the simple act of refusing a dowry would cause a woman to value her husband more, and that she would “wash his feet” in gratitude for sparing her parents undue financial pressure. Without a hint of apology, the Meray Paas Tum Ho writer added, “Men who take jahez are hijra. That is what I call them.” KRQ continued, “I mean no disrespect to transgenders, but I think men who ask for dowries are na mard.” Not content with slandering just transgender persons, KRQ went on to offer advice on how to maintain a successful marriage. “It is a woman who turns a house into a home, and it is a man’s responsibility to keep a woman in that home so that it can be a happy place,” he explained. He also offered advice to women on how to keep their men happy, “If you don’t look after your body, if you don’t keep your physique beautiful, you will lose your man!”