Religion has a significant impact on the society of the Pakistan. The country has struggled with extremism for several decades. Oftentimes, the people of the country find it hard to express themselves to satisfaction. Meanwhile, social media has given the people of the country the freedom to express themselves freely.
Several people of the country have found a way of expression in the newly launched platform of Twitter “spaces” The ex pakistani muslims have found a place where they can easily express themselves under anonymity. They can share their views on religion and blasphemy and other various topics, hold open discussions and get the safe space they need to have their questions answered.
The penalties that the islamic state, Pakistan levees on the people is among the highest in the modern world. Additionally, the country does not punish atheism. However they have a severe punishment for apostasy, that is abandoning one’s religion. Under the law of Pakistan, the crime of Apostasy is punishable by death.
Meanwhile, the new social media platforms have given the people, especially the ex muslims of Pakistan a safe space. In these platforms they can express themselves freely. Amid the oppressive and extremist laws of the country, the people feel unsafe and under threat while speaking their views. Especially, the atheist and agnostic population of the country.
The government is also tightening their grip on the social media platforms, which have remained one of the only safe spaces for the people. Many of population of non-religious, agnostic or atheists in Pakistan find themselves unable to question or comprehend the religious practices. In real life, these people face rejection and rebuke from their families and loved ones. Many of these individuals have to take the help of anonymity or fake profiles to express themselves.
Many believe that after they started using social media under anonymous names or alternative accounts, they can express themselves better. Several people assert that they do not feel the anger and frustration that they had earlier.