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World Women’s Day observed in Multan

    March 09, 2007
By Our Staff
MULTAN: More than 2,000 women, mostly from rural areas, joined a rally on the occasion of International Women's Day in the city.

The participants of the rally, led by renowned poetess Kishwar Naheed, Dr Farzana Bari, Bushra Malik, Aisha Hussain, Kalsoom Zohra, Qaisera Malik, Khalida Parveen and Nasim Jamal, were carrying placards inscribed with slogans in favour of women demands.

We vehemently condemn the closure of educational institutions for girls, bombing the barber shops and other discriminatory acts of fundamentalists and urge the government to protect women's rights," Dr Farzana Bari, Pattan Director, said.

We will not let anyone usurp women's rights in the name of religion or customs or traditions," Begum Zohra Sajjad Zaidi of HRCP said. The government should implement the law against vinni and honour killing, besides stopping the misuse of Hudood Ordinance and withdrawing all the cases instituted in the past under the Hudood law, Dr Sarwar Bari said. A drama festival was organised by various NGOs in Multan Arts Council. The NGOs also arranged a mushaira and folk songs' function in Bahadurpur, a suburban area of Multan.

iA number of participants narrated their woeful tales on the occasion. A 12-year-old girl of Chah Mandoowala, DG Khan District, said three unidentified persons subjected her to gangrape on January 27 as a result of which she became unconscious. She added the lower part of her body had got paralysed and she was unable to move but the police had not registered a case. Lady Councillor Manzooran Bibi said her son Muhammad Iqbal solemnised love marriage but the relatives of the girl attacked her house, chopped off the ears and noses of her sons and broke her limbs on Eid day. Farhat Yasmin of Jatoi married Abdul Karim of Khokhar family on September 23 but the bridegroom's family did not accept her and forced the couple to leave the area.

Shabana Riaz said she was married to her lover Rashid Ahmed on August 25, 2006, but her maternal uncle Manzoor Ahmed got a case registered under Hudood Ordinance on September 5, grabbed their five kanals of land and raided their house. Nuzhat Saeed of Shadan Lund said local legislators forced her to join their group and work for them.

On her refusal, they were threatening her of dire consequences. She approached the higher police officers but all in vain. Sajida Yasin of Makhdoom Rashid said she was married to Muhammad Amin of November 29, 2006, without the consent of her parents.
His family got a case registered against her in-laws under Hudood Ordinance while PML-Q Multan District President Rai Mansab Ali MPA and DSP Circle Muhammad Habib Khan had forced them to leave their village.
Sagheer Akhtar of Vehari said her uncle had involved her in different cases after the death of her father to deprive her of legacy.


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