After multiple horrific incidents of women being harassed in public places were reported over the last ten days, celebs and prominent personalities have taken to social media and shared strict measures to be ensured against the culprits.
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari took to Twitter and addressed yet another incident that needed attention. Calling out the authorities, Bakhtawar shared, "Another harrowing experience - witnessed by police who refused to help despite their ability to call for backup as well as use weapons to disperse the crowd. Trusted to help and instead complicit," She added, "Men should be banned from public spaces. We need more women to safeguard women."
Another harrowing experience - witnessed by police who refused to help despite their ability to call for back up as well as use weapons to disperse crowd. Trusted to help & instead complicit. Men should be banned from public spaces. We need more women to safeguard women. https://t.co/kIqDE3KSYa— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) August 21, 2021
Bakhtawar's stance on banning single men from public spaces was met with reservations by many. Clarifying, she tweeted she stands by her opinion. "I stand by it, she said, adding, "Single men should not be allowed out without being escorted by sisters, mothers, wives or daughters - perhaps then they will think twice before assaulting women."
Re my tweet banning men from public. I stand by it. Single men should not be allowed out without being escorted by sisters, mothers, wives or daughters - perhaps then they will think twice before assaulting women. With repeated & increasing incidents of assault no better option.— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) August 23, 2021
Bakhtawar concluded with, "With repeated and increasing incidents of assault - no better option."
Actor Alizeh Shah, too, took to social media and shared her stance on the matter. Taking to Instagram, the Ehd-e-Wafa star wrote, "What happened in Lahore is just another example of how unsafe women are in our country. We are not safe inside our homes, not out in the streets. We are neither safe nor free."
Earlier, sharing a video on Independence Day this year, Alizeh had questioned the idea of ‘Yaum-e-Azaadi’ and asked if Pakistani women were really as ‘Azad’ (free) as their male counterparts.
“Who do I wish freedom to? The rapists who are still roaming freely because of whom so many women in Pakistan are not allowed to work, go outside without taking someone with them, or even drive around the highway with their family? Azadi sirf apki nahi, sabki hai (Everyone has the right to freedom).”
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