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Paki Paints Whores

Photoman posts: “Iqbal Hussain is an internationally famous Pakistan painter who’s mother was a whore and who’s subjects are whores. He receives no acceptance/recognition by the ruling class of Pakistan whatsoever.”

From TribuneIndia.com:

Hussain paints the plight of these women with despair and despondency. “Many land here from rural areas because their parents couldn’t marry them off for the reason that they didn’t have money to give them customary dowry,” the painter says, “Some try to break out of their vicious lives of poverty to make more money as sex workers only to find a stark and harsh reality of such an existence.”

Hussain’s own mother Nawab and aunts migrated from the Nimmanwali Haveli in the Dharampura Bazaar of Patiala to Heera Mandi. He would have been yet another street boy of the notorious colony if he did not have a talent for drawing. Now he looks after all the women of his family and his own children are getting good education. But such breakthroughs are rare. Hussain says, “I think if I hadn’t been painting, I would have committed suicide.”

Hussain has been active in getting women to escape these environments if they can. He also plans to open a food street like the one in Gwalmandi that women have options to start other business.

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