Burka Avenger is Pakistan's first female superhero

  • 6 September 2013
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Nel looks into the story of Jiya, the Burka Avenger.

Back off Batman, and step aside Supergirl, because there's a new superhero in town taking Pakistan by storm - the Burka Avenger.

The new hero is Pakistan's first ever female superhero.

Jiya is a schoolteacher who turns into the Burka Avenger to defend her young students from baddies who are trying to destroy their school.

The show has become a big hit in Pakistan, which has never had an animated series before.

The Burka Avenger's message is especially important for kids in Pakistan, where girls are not always given the right to an education.

In 2010, schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls to get better access to education.

Burka Avenger is the creation of Haroon Rashid, one of Pakistan's most famous and best selling pop music artists.

Haroon says: "Burka Avenger is a cartoon superhero, but for me, Malala is a real-life hero."