Netizens Outraged As Aurat March Faisalabad Cancelled

The march organized by students and teachers was to ‘stand in solidarity with all women seeking justice and demand their rightful place in society.’

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Netizens are outraged as Aurat March Faisalabad was canceled reportedly due to administrative pressure. The march organized by students and teachers was to ‘stand in solidarity with all women seeking justice and demanding their rightful place in society.’

This was one of many protests staged nationwide as people protested three brutal cases of femicide.

People are calling this an attempt to further silence women’s voices. AC Faisalabad allegedly did not give the organizers permission to march. Organizers had applied to the district administration to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC).


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Subsequently, an online campaign against Assistant Commissioner Faisalabad is going strong. Even Amnesty International took note of the issue.

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Human rights and political activist Ammar Ali Jan shared why the event was canceled.

“Assistant commissioner Faisalabad threatened to arrest organisers and called young female students to intimidate them, … It’s a blatant example of how the state suppresses women’s movements.”

As the citizens’ right to protest and march was violated Netizens were infuriated. One person even highlighted how AC Faisalabad…

“During the hour long meetings he repeatedly said ‘rape does not happen without consent these days‘ and ‘women aren’t this oppressed in Pakistan'”.

 

#ShameOnACFaisalabad is going strong as people call for action against the violation of their constitutional right to protest.

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Especially with the statistics on violence against women in Faisalabad.

 

Among other efforts for enforcement of women’s rights as citizens, organizers of Aurat March Faisalabad had posted a charter of demands online calling for an end to all forms of gender-based violence. Especially violence against women, and other gender minorities by the systemic patriarchy.

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Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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