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Protest held across Pakistan after Lahore-Sialkot Motorway rape incident.

By Yasmeen M.hasni

Protection of women is a burning issue after the rape incident of a women who was raped on Lahore-Sialkot Motorway. Moreover, due to this purpose, protests were held across Pakistan.

Protests took place in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Hyderabad. Rape of a six year old girl and murder of transgender Gul Panra aggravated the situation.

To highlight, these protests were held for protection of women – making Pakistan a safe haven for women and children.

Both men and women  from all walks of life participated in these protests.

Women, men and children gathered outside Karachi Press club holding placards for rights of women.

Undoubtedly, people also raised their voices for Shaheena Shaheen, a journalist from Balochistan who was murdered by her husband Mehrab Ghichki. Justice was demanded for Shaheena at protests of Quetta and Karachi.

Slogans of ‘Aurat ko jene do’ let women live were raised in these protests.

Meanwhile, they put forward demands which included an end to violence, uphold rights for women, justice and removal of CCPO Umer Shaikh. Who raised questions on the victim’s selection of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway late night. His remarks were criticized all over countywide.

Further, Former member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Nasreen Azhar said that it wasn’t the first incident which happened in Pakistan and strongly condemned it.

Also, Jamiat e Islami JI Women Wing appeared in these protests. General Secretary of JI Women Wing, Durdana Siddiqui also demanded for women protection in Pakistan.

On the other hand, women who participated in these protests were wearing masks. Even the protesters handed out hand sanitizers to others.

All these protests demanded for public execution and justice for women.

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