The Media fraternity came out in droves during a peaceful protest entitled ENOUGH! STOP RAPE” at the Karachi Press Club on September 14th 2020 to demand security and protection for women and children following a surge in rape cases in Pakistan including that of five-year-old Marwah who was raped and burnt -to -death in Essa Nagri, Karachi and a woman who was gang-raped in front of her three children on a motorway in Lahore.
THE MEDIA FRATERNITY ORGANIZED A PEACEFUL PROTEST FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN SAFETY IN PAKISTAN
Marwah’s father was present at the protest to seek justice for his daughter among a roster of Pakistani celebrities – including Frieha Altaf of Catwalk Cares who was responsible for encouraging many of her peers to attend – comprising of Mahirah Khan, Adnan Siddiqui, Sarwat Gillani, Ayesha Omar, Ali Rehman, Yasir Hussain, Sarah Khan, Natasha Baig, Anoushey Abbasi, Saqib Malik, Asim Jofa, Deepak Perwani, Maheen Khan, Bushra Ansari, Mansha Pasha, Asad Siddiqui, Gul-e-Rana, Nubain Ali, Wardah Saleem, Sunita Marshall, Hassan Ahmed, Sheema Kirmani, Asim Raza and Hajra Yamin among others.
Mahira went on to add, “We constantly associate shame with abuse, anything to do with “sex”. We are talking about sexual abuse, not the other way around. The topic itself is so vast.” The actor called for the producers to revisit our narratives on what we show on films and TV. “When I say that we need to change narratives, I mean we need to see who are our heroes? Are they always going to be hitting their wives, abusing them? Will they always cheat on them? Who are these men?”
While others on social media demanded capital punishment and public hangings for the perpetrators with the hashtags
Adan Siddiqui, a well-known actor also stated: “Aurat Mazloom nahi Muzboot hai” and demanded speedy trials”
The Churail Series, Sarwat Gilani explained, “Children Education begins at home. We need to educate our children on what good and bad touch mean. We need to raise better boys.” Furthermore, the agenda demanded radical and procedural reforms of all public Institutions to uphold these rights which include “accountability from any public official who fails to recognize the aforementioned rights or perpetuates victim-blaming myths” especially in light of Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umer Sheikh initially suggesting that the motorway gang-rape survivor shared responsibility for her tape who has since apologized for his earlier remarks. Sheema Kermani shared that, “Public hangings increase violence because it brutalizes society, making people more and more insensitive,”
Ayesha Omar held a placard with a message that stated: