A new cartoon superhero disguised in a flowing black burka is set to debut on Pakistani television next month in an animated series which follows her battle for girls’ education in Pakistan.
The Urdu-language show charts the adventures of Burka Avenger, a mild-mannered teacher who uses her superpowers to fight local gangsters trying to close down the girls’ school where she works. While set in the fictional town of Halwapur, the world of Burka Avenger will resonate in Pakistan where Taliban militants have prevented thousands of girls from going to school in the country’s northwest and attacked activists campaigning for girls’ education.
In what’s billed as an action-comedy Burka Avenger, helped along by three schoolchildren, uses pens and books as projectile weapons to ward off the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen. Aaron Haroon Rashid, one of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars, conceived the series as a medium through which to emphasize the importance of girls’ education.
-The Nation “Superhero Burka Avenger Fights for Edu”