Women MNAs protest over abusive words against rights activist
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.