Women MNAs protest over abu­sive words against rights ac­tivist

Pakistan Observer - - 07 -

SOPHIA SID­DIQUI IS­LAM­ABAD—The use of abu­sive lan­guage by JUI -F Sen­a­tor Hafiz Ha­madul­lah against fe­male an­a­lyst and rights ac­tivist Marvi Sar­mad dur­ing a TV show echoed here in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Satur­day.

Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI) chief whip Shireen Mazari raised the is­sue on a point of or­der.

“I want to reg­is­ter my protest over what the JUI-F sen­a­tor said about Marvi Sar­mad,” Mazari said.

Ham­dul­lah mis­be­haved with Sar­mad on a live tele­vi­sion talk show, the PTI law­maker said, adding that in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and ha­tred against women were rapidly in­creas­ing in so­ci­ety.

Mazari was of the view that law­mak­ing bod­ies should take no­tice of such in­ci­dents and should take steps to stop them from hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.

Ex­tend­ing her sup­port to Sar­mad, Mazari said girls were be­ing killed in the name of ‘honour’ across the coun­try.

PPP law­maker Nafeesa Shah also ex­pressed sor­row over three re­cent in­ci­dents in which as many three girls were burnt alive by their own com­mu­nity or fam­ily mem­bers in the name of honour

“Why is this house quiet on the sit­u­a­tion? I de­mand that this house should adopt a res­o­lu­tion to curb such crimes,” Shah said.

She said the Par­lia­ment should make nec­es­sary leg­is­la­tion to stem the rise of so-called honour crimes.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there is a law of jun­gle in the coun­try. But the House should not let the deaths of th­ese three girls go in vain.”

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq also ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the crim­i­nal acts against women, adding that women were very im­por­tant mem­bers of the coun­try and en­joyed great honour in so­ci­ety.

He agreed to the sug­ges­tion that the House should play an ac­tive and dili­gent role in or­der to fight crimes against women.

On the other hand, Marvi Sar­mad sub­mited an ap­pli­ca­tion to reg­is­ter FIR against Hafiz Ham­dul­lah in Kohsaar Po­lice Sta­tio­nan in Is­lam­abad.

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