It’s the most beautiful time of the year, but there’s a new problem plaguing Pakistan: mothers.
The country’s new female-dominated parliament is debating a bill that would ban women from driving, and many fear it could put the country’s women at risk.
“We are worried that it will force women out of the profession, and we are afraid that the country is going to be a different place without the mother,” said Rana Rana, a journalist who lives in the country.
She is one of the many people who have come out against the new law, but it has sparked a massive outpouring of support from across the world.
“There is a lot of anger on social media, and a lot support.
But the majority of the country support it,” said Muna, an employee at a local media company.
Rana says many women are now driving, as a way to survive, as they face the stigma of being a woman driving in a country where many don’t even speak the language.
Many Pakistani women are still hesitant about driving, saying they would like to try it out for themselves, but many fear that the new ban will make it more difficult for them to get on the road.
“I am scared, but I am going to try and do it,” Rana said.
“The fear is real.
I feel scared.
I have always had this fear before, but now, I have a real fear,” she added.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment.
Rajesh, a mother of three in her early 50s, says she has been driving since she was 19.
She said she wants to see the country “go to the right direction” with the new bill, which has been introduced by a lawmaker named Imran Khan.
“In my opinion, if you’re driving, you should be driving, because otherwise, people will not care about you,” she said.
“I feel like it’s a good law to have.
If the driver is not going to take care of his/her passengers, then how can we expect him/her to help?”
Rajhes’ husband and two children live in Karachi.
Her two sons are studying in Islamabad, while her husband is working in a factory in Rawalpindi.
Rani, a resident of Karachi, is a mother to two boys.
She is worried about the new legislation and is not convinced the country can be a better place without mothers driving.
“If we can’t have a driver, then we won’t have any other way to get around,” she told CNN.
Rania, a former taxi driver, is also concerned about the legislation.
“It will change the lives of all of us,” she lamented.