Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai marries months after questioning concept of marriage


New Delhi: “I still don’t understand why people have to get married,” were the exact words by Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to Vogue magazine in June. By November 9, the 24-year-old shared a post on Twitter announcing that she was married in a small ceremony at her parents’ home in England. It seems that Cupid’s arrow has finally hit Malala.

“Today is a precious day in my life. Asr and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We had a small nikah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. Together we are excited to be on the journey ahead,” she announced on social media, in what appears to be a wedding photo with husband Asar Malik.

Greetings from around the world, including Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, British screenwriter and ex-wife of Pakistan PM Imran Khan Jemima Goldsmith, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson, are pouring in to congratulate the Nobel laureate. Yousafzai better known as Malala, is a global advocate for girls’ rights and education.

She became a household name in 2012 when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for actively supporting girls’ right to education at Mingora in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, after which she left the country in Birmingham, UK. got transferred. In June last year, he graduated from Oxford University with honors with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics.

Yousafzai’s marriage to Malik also came as a surprise, especially after her recent remarks questioned the institution of marriage for which she faced severe backlash from political and religious leaders in Pakistan.

“I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want one person in your life, why do you need to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?”, She told Vogue, adding that she wasn’t sure she’d ever make the move herself.

The remarks quickly landed Pakistan in hot water, with parliamentarians, clerics, academics as well as a section of citizens accusing him of promoting the Western narrative. Her mother disagreed, saying, “Don’t you dare say anything like that! You have to get married, marriage is beautiful.”

Pakistani netizens also pointed out discrepancies in Malala’s comments and actions.

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