Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, eldest daughter of the late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and former President Asif Ali Zardari has called for a ban on men visiting public places.
Multimedia journalist Sabin Agha described the horrors of being harassed at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on August 14, a few years ago, in a series of tweets.
“I’m neither a TickTocker nor a Youtuber. I work as a #journalist. A few years ago, I went to Mazar Quaid in khi to cover #14AugustAzadiDay.
I was reporting, doing my job, not tossing #kisses at that ticktocker girl, as this victim-blaming nation accuses her,Sabin Agha.”
“At Mazar e Quaid, about a hundred angry adolescents and men attacked me and my cameraman. My cameraman and his camera were pushed around, but I was dragged around. Every portion of my body was gropped. My hair was pulled from both sides and the back. My duppatta and linens were hauled by men, Sabin wrote.”
“Someone once tried to choke me by wrapping my duppatta around my neck while laughing hysterically and hurling every cusreword they could think of at me. When someone snatched my arm and dragged me away from the throng of sexually frustrated boys and guys.”
With nerves & body shaking I went to the police van parked in front of Mazar e Quaid’s house, who had been watching the entire episode. I inquired as to why they had not arrived to assist.Police response: “bibi hum 4 hay aur wo 150. Hum kese rok sktay thy. Ap ayee kiyun.”
Bakhatwar Bhutto, reacting to the journalists’ ordeal, remarked that “all men should be barred from public places.”
“Another frightening encounter, this time seen by officers who declined to assist despite their ability to call for backup and deploy guns to clear the throng. Trusted to assist, but instead became complicit. Men should not be allowed in public places. More women are needed to protect women says Bakhtawar Bhutto.”
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