Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Social Media Punjab has organized a protests in front of Lahore Press club condemning Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s government for its failure to prevent sexual violence in Punjab.
The protest was organized to demand Punjab government and authorities to deal with rape cases more sensitively and to provide justice to rape victims.
The protest, which was held on Tuesday, was led by Jahanara M Wattoo, a provincial leader of the PPP and head social media Punjab and attended by Social Media team, Junaid Qaiser, Ahsna Abbas Rizvi, Zeeshan Baig, Nooren Saleem, PYO, PSF, Human Rights Wing and representatives of civil society.
Jahanara M Wattoo said that violence against women and girls is unacceptable, every citizen must condemn heinous crimes against women and raise voice.
In a statement issued by PPP head of the wing, Jahan Ara Wattoo strongly condemned the recent brutal gang-rape of a girl in Faisalabad allegedly by three sons of a PML-N MNA last week. She called on relevant executive and judicial authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. She said ‘every citizen must condemn the heinous crimes against women and raise their voice.’ Earlier, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the gang-rape of a girl and demanded the arrest and prosecution of the culprits. Protesters told The News that every citizen must be held accountable for their crimes regardless of their wealth and power. They said the sons of the PML-N MNA had intimidated law enforcement authorities, including police from arresting them and five other accomplices. They demanded punishment for the alleged criminals and said the Punjab government should support victims of violence. It is pertinent to note here that a gang-rape case has been registered against the three sons of a PML-N MNA and five other accomplices in the Madina Town police station in Faisalabad. The named suspects include PML-N district chapter office-bearer, his brothers and five others who are unidentified. So far no arrest has been made in this case.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) and other national and international organizations the cases of rape registered in Punjab in 2013 – the highest among all provinces. Punjab is leading in rape cases and there is zero conviction, it is also an ample proof of Punjab government’s bad governance. She added.