Nishat Group, joined hands with multiple a film house SOC Films to lend support to Saba Qaiser, the subject of the Oscar award winning documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and a victim of an attempted honour killing.
Mr. and Mrs. Mansha financially aided and facilitated the means to construct a new home for Saba in Gujranwala, where she along with her husband will resettle and start a new family.
The joint effort aimed to promote rehabilitative support to Saba Qaiser, who was forced to leave her family home after being made the target of an attempted honour killing by her father and uncle.
Speaking about the incident happened to Saba, Chairman Nishat Group, Mr. Mian Mohammad Mansha said “Saba’s story is very tragic and one that as a father and grandfather, affected me profoundly on a personal level. In a country where it’s incredibly disheartening to see ‘honour killings’ become so commonplace, Saba’s story is one of resilience, perseverance and the ability to overcome. When we heard about her story, my wife Naz and I immediately decided that we needed to reach out to SOC Films and see how best we could lend our support to Saba and her cause. We are delighted to be able to help Saba in her new life and hope that she’s able to start afresh in her new home. ”
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy who made the documentary on the life of honor killing survivor said, “Saba’s story is singularly unique as she is one of the few victims of ‘honour killings’ who survived her ordeal and lived to tell her tale, but not without being left scarred, both physically and emotionally. I am very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Mansha for lending their valuable support to Saba and in assisting her in the construction and development of a new home where she can begin her life anew. Their support will go a long way towards helping Saba retake control of her life, allowing her the opportunity for a more hopeful and positive future.”
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness charters the journey of Saba Qaiser, an 18-year-old Pakistani girl who fell in love with and married a young man of whom her family did not approve. For this “crime,” her father and uncle kidnapped her from the home of her new husband’s family, drove her to a riverbank, shot her in the head, placed her in a sack and threw her in the river. Saba was one of over 1,000 women targeted for “honor killings” every year in Pakistan, but unlike most of those nameless victims, Saba survived[