Pakistani celebrities raised their voices against rapists at Karachi press club!

As rape cases in Pakistan are accelerating and there is no stopping them, Pakistanis are furious over authorities and security in Pakistan. There is a nationwide protest that can be seen at social media platforms and Pakistani celebrities have organized a protest at Karachi press club against rapists to demand justice for victims. Recently a horrifying incident happened at Lahore motorway in which a lady has been threatened and raped by culprits along with the children. Followed by indecent response from Lahore CPO has ignited the issue even more. People are criticizing management and security by motorway police and demands safety for women and children in Pakistan. Some notable names include Frieha Altaf, Mahira Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Adnan Siddiqui, Sarah Khan, Yasir Hussain, Sheema Kirmani, Sunita Marshall, Ayesha Omar, Ali Rehman Khan, Aijaz Aslam amongst many others.

The who’s and who of Pakistani entertainment fraternity joined hands to raise their influential voices against the rapists and demand justice from law. Mahirah Khan and Ayesha Omer shared their opinion and stance while protesting. Sarwat Gillani shared her views and emphasized on sex education in Pakistan to curb this situation; “I feel it’s high time we introduce sex education in the schools. We need to teach our children what does good touch, bad touch mean. We need to have conversations with our children. We need to raise boys better. There is so much we – as a society – need to learn. Should there be an example set for such a grave crime? Yes. But we need to be more mindful of what the long-term solution might be.”

Ayesha Omer stated that clothes do not matter in these cases and there should be awareness; “Like my fellow artists, I don’t believe public hanging is the solution, educating the masses is. We need to spread awareness about this and raise better children, better boys. That would be the long-term answer to the rape culture.”

Mahira Khan also shared her aggressive response towards this brutal act and want women’s safety in Pakistan; “I really feel like coming back and writing there. You can hang them, you can publicly kill them, will it end the rape culture? I don’t think so. However, yes, I do think we need to make an example. We aren’t setting enough examples,” the Verna star said, adding, “If the government decided on the public hanging of the culprits, that might be fair but I feel this is a very deep-rooted problem. The issue is in the mindsets and that needs to be tackled first. I think we need to visit our curricula, how men (even the educated ones) act around women – this all needs to change ultimately.”

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