Mahira Khan, Shehzad Roy, Zeba Bakhtiar and cricketer Younis Khan joined members of civil society at a press meet on Thursday. The briefing at the Karachi Press Club was aimed at highlighting the Farishta rape and murder case.
Speaking to the media, the celebs called out authorities for not having a system in place to avoid such tragic incidents in the future.
“There was Zainab’s case a while back and now we are facing another similar case,” Mahira said at the press conference. “Awareness regarding ‘good touch, bad touch’ should start from home. Let’s make sure we don’t come across another incident like Farishta’s. Such stories are terrifying. Awareness about sexual abuse should begin at home and school .”
A user called out celebs on using Farishta’s case as a platform for their ‘personal agenda’.
“People of showbiz need to stop using rape cases to promote their agenda. The vulgarity you promote is a major reason why rapes are on the rise. So please back off,” he wrote.
To which, Mahira aptly responded, “Really? The ‘vulgarity’ causes someone to go rape a 10-year-old and then kill her? Get a grip. It’s the mindset! It’s the shame associated with it. And no I will not back off. My voice. My life. I will do whatever I want with it.”
Shehzad also shared his two cents and penned, “Most sexual violence takes place where there is no media and biggest victims are children The motivation behind rape is power and dominance.”
He continued, “Such people see strong women, that can speak up for their rights and chose to live their lives on their terms, as a threat.”
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