Women's Day March Banned In Lahore Over 'Controversial Banners'

“It is a violation of our rights,” Aurat March Organiser (Picture from Aurat March Multan 2022)


Authorities in Pakistan’s jap metropolis of Lahore have refused permission for a rally to mark Worldwide Ladies’s Day, which repeatedly meets a fierce backlash within the conservative, patriarchal nation.

Marches have been held in main cities throughout Pakistan since 2018 to convey consideration to ladies’s rights.

Lahore metropolis authorities cited the “controversial playing cards and banners” generally displayed by contributors within the march and safety issues as causes behind the choice, which have been specified by a notification to march organisers late Friday.

Counter-protests dubbed “Haya (modesty)” marches are generally staged by non secular teams to name for the preservation of Islamic values.

“It is a violation of our rights. This raises questions in regards to the state’s skill to handle the suitable to freedom of meeting for each teams,” Hiba Akbar, an organiser for Aurat (ladies’s) March Lahore, instructed AFP.

Lahore authorities have allowed this yr’s Haya March to be held regardless of the ban on the Aurat March.

Organisers of the Aurat March in Pakistan have often needed to resort to authorized motion to counter makes an attempt to ban it.

The Aurat March rallies have courted controversy due to banners and placards waved by contributors that elevate topics equivalent to divorce, sexual harassment and menstruation.

Organisers and contributors have been accused of selling Western, liberal values and disrespecting non secular and cultural sensitivities.

A lot of Pakistani society operates below a strict code of “honour”, systemising the oppression of ladies in issues equivalent to the suitable to decide on who to marry, reproductive rights and even the suitable to an schooling.

Lots of of ladies are killed by males in Pakistan every year over “honour”.

Rights group Amnesty Worldwide stated the Lahore choice “quantities to an illegal and pointless restriction of the suitable to meeting”.

Authorities within the capital Islamabad, citing safety issues, have relegated the Aurat March to a metropolis park the place a lady was gang raped in February.

“We’re a feminist motion, we won’t be in parks however moderately on the streets,” a press release by march organisers there stated.

In 2020, teams of hardline Islamist males turned up in vans and hurled stones at ladies collaborating within the Aurat March.

Ladies have lengthy fought for fundamental rights in Pakistan, the place activists say males commit “pervasive and intractable” violence in opposition to them.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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