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Mahira Khan and many other Pak Celebs raise voice and join a peaceful protest

By Smriti Tripathi

The constant increase in the number of rape cases, sexual assaults, sexual harassment and abuse against young children, girls and women, and also with the inability of the authorities to punish the culprits, has lead to females in Pakistan to troupe the streets and perform peaceful protest.

On Monday, ‘Raees’ movie actress Mahira Khan joined other celebrities in protest against surging rape cases and took to Instagram to share a note. While sharing a few pictures, she wrote about demanding a secure nation for all women. She added that no matter where and how; at home, on the street, at work, alone, not alone, with kids, without kids, in a skirt or in a burkha. Wherever she may be, or whoever she may be- everyone deserves and demand basic rights of safety. She also felt proud of the industry for coming together for this cause and said about unity that United we are stronger, and this make our voices more powerful and impactful.

Social media has been blazing with open-ended debates while the streets of Pakistan are crowded by protesters, demanding to hang of the culprits in front of the public behind the recent robbery and gang-rape of woman, who was travelling together with her two kids from Lahore and Gujranwala, by two armed men, who assaulted, robbed and raped the woman in front of her children on September 10.

In Islamabad, many of protester gathered outside the National Press Club raising voice and slogans with holding a banner which is saying about “hang the rapists”. A similar type of protest has occurred in other major cities including Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.

Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) mentioned that the horrifying gang-rape of a lady is a grim reminder that Country, Pakistan has become a growingly threatening space for females. On Social Media, females are demanding allowance to keep guns, knife and other weapons to protect themselves against any future attempt of rape or any sexual assault.

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