PTI forms committee to in­ves­ti­gate F-9 Park rally episode

Women’s ha­rass­ment

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IS­LAM­ABAD—Pakistan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) has formed a four-mem­ber committee to probe into the is­sue of sex­ual ha­rass­ment of party’s women ac­tivists dur­ing the F-9 Park rally on Sun­day.

“A committee has been directed to sub­mit a com­pre­hen­sive re­port over the mat­ter within seven days,” said a statement is­sued by the party’s cen­tral me­dia depart­ment.

The committee is headed by PTI In­for­ma­tion Sec­re­tary Naeemul Haq, while other mem­bers are Nafeesa Khat­tak, Col (retd) Younus Ali Raza and Talat Naqvi.

Ac­cord­ing to the statement, videos and other forms of ev­i­dence would be made avail­able to the committee to find in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the un­pleas­ant episode dur­ing the rally.

Ear­lier, PTI chief Im­ran Khan or­dered a thor­ough probe into Sun­day’s in­ci­dent.

While tak­ing strong ex­cep­tion to “in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour and in­tim­i­da­tion” of women ac­tivists, Im­ran said the PTI not only en­cour­aged women in pol­i­tics but also en­sures their par­tic­i­pa­tion in its public gath­er­ings.

Party’s Sun­day gath­er­ing was marred by in­ci­dents of al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women by male mem­bers don­ning party caps and hold­ing flags.

While Im­ran was ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, a stam­pede-like sit­u­a­tion was wit­nessed af­ter ac­tivists forced their way into a women’s sec­tion by breach­ing a se­cu­rity cor­don.

Af­ter break­ing into the women en­clo­sure, the ac­tivists were found fondling, grop­ing and sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing women af­ter sep­a­rat­ing them from their fam­i­lies or friends. The ha­rass­ment con­tin­ued de­spite Im­ran’s re­quests to re­frain from the mis­de­meanour.

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