KARACHI: Whether women let harassment incidents in public spaces slide as a risk inherent in attending at such an event or bravely speak out, the question remains: what can be done to make concerts safer for them?
Here’s a rough timeline of harassment at concerts:
Jupiters concert in Karachi
Ali Azmat was performing as the frontman of Jupiters at a ground opposite the Delhi Colony area in Karachi. Men jumped over the audience divider and started harassing women.
Junaid Jamshed in Karachi
Junaid Jamshed was performing at a posh hotel in Karachi. Some men reportedly tried to force themselves on women, leading to multiple injuries and police intervention.
Sonu Nigam in Karachi
Sonu Nigam had initially decided not to perform after a person died in a bomb blast. He then went on stage and later called out men who were groping women. He even threatened to leave the show halfway.
Atif Aslam in IBA, Karachi
Singer Atif Aslam was compelled to stop a live performance midway when he spotted a girl being eve-teased at IBA Karachi. He then ensured that the girl was taken to safety.
2019 – April 17
Solis festival Lahore
Lila Khan took to social media to share her horrific story of harassment that started at the security check and left her traumatised. She claimed to have been molested along with her sister.
2019 – April 21
Multiple artists at F9 Park Islamabad
Atif Aslam, Gul Panra and Aima Baig were performing at the F9 Park in Islamabad. Men and boys started pushing towards the pit where only women were standing. It got so bad that Atif had to call security.
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