Born in Gujranwala in 1938, she had obtained her master’s degree in geography from the University of Punjab, Lahore, after which she joined journalism. A writer, activist and journalist, Farrukh worked with Akhbar-i-Khawateen, an Urdu magazine, and remained with it until retirement.

Commenting on her autobiography, Jeeney Ka Jurm in 2013, Intizar Husain wrote in Dawn, that “those were the years when Urdu journalism was in for a revolutionary change. It was hitherto a male-dominated profession, but it seemed ready to welcome women within its fold.” The biography can be read as a story of a “liberated woman,” who “refused to be defeated,” he said.

She was the author of many books, including a biographical novel on artist Ali Imam Madaar. Two other notable publications were Kari Zakhm, a collection of research essays on honour killing based on her field work, and Nai Dunia Purani Dunia.

Talking to Dawn, poet and writer Attiya Dawood said: “I had known Sheen Farrukh for the last 35 years. She was a dignified woman who led an independent life, never became a burden on anyone. All her life was spent struggling for a variety of causes.

Ms Dawood added: “Here in Karachi she befriended individuals such as Mahnaz Rehman and Anis Haroon. She also set up Inter Press Communication which enabled her to do a lot of work. She was an art lover, a progressive person whose friends were her only Sarmaya (wealth).”

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