Malala faces jeans abuse

Malala Yousafzai

London: Malala Yousafzai has been attacked on social media after an unverified picture was posted supposedly of her wearing jeans and heeled boots.

The 20-year-old, who started studying at Oxford University last week, faced criticism from people in Pakistan for adopting western dress and not being accompanied by her father.

The vitriol also provoked a wave of support for the Nobel Laureate, with some saying she is the "real future of Pakistan".

Malala came to global attention five years ago when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan for arguing publicly that girls should be allowed to attend school.

She was flown to UK for treatment and later finished her studies in Birmingham before applying to Oxford. Since then Malala has become a leading advocate for women's rights and addressed the UN on the issue of children's right to education.

Her extraordinary story was recognised in 2014 when she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Last week she started attending Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

The Daily Telegraph


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