Aurat March 2023 movement ban by LHC

Point of Aurat March:

The Aurat March calls for greater accountability for violence against women and supports women who experience violence and harassment at the hands of security forces, in public spaces, at home, and in the workplace.

Who started feminism/women’s rights in Pakistan?

Fatima Jinnah – One of the most popular female figures in Pakistan to date. She was a source of the awakening of women’s rights in Pakistan.

Who organizes Aurat March?

A group of socialist feminists organize the Aurat Azadi March, while a group of liberal feminists organizes the Aurat March. The Hum Aurtein collective, made up of individual women in Karachi and Lahore, started both events in the same year.

Why Lahore High Court (LHC) banned Aurat March 2023?

Sabhat Rizvi, Secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), has contested the deputy commissioner’s decision to cancel the Aurat March slated for March 8 in the Lahore High Court (LHC). People in Pakistan hold an annual event called the Aurat March on March 8, International Women’s Day, to raise awareness about women’s issues and to demand gender equality.

Since its debut in 2018, the Aurat March has been dogged by controversy. Certain conservative parts of society have attacked the march as being anti-Pakistani culture and values. Some have also criticized the demonstrators’ slogans and posters, which they consider vulgar and disrespectful. Certain slogans and placards from previous Aurat Marches, in particular, have stirred controversy and debate, with some claiming that they are unsuitable and derogatory to Pakistani culture and values.

Yet, March supporters claim that these chants and placards are vital to bring attention to the challenges that women face in Pakistan and to demand change. The decision to prohibit the March from taking place in Lahore has created controversy and debate, with many claiming that it is an attempt to silence women’s voices and prevent them from expressing their constitutional rights. Petitioner claims that the prohibition on a peaceful march violates the right to free expression and assembly guaranteed by the Constitution.

Therefore, the petitioner emphasizes the urgent need to safeguard women’s rights and ensure a safe space for them to voice their concerns and demands. Consequently, the petitioner has requested the reversal of the DC’s decision to ban the march and the suspension of the order until the dispute is resolved.

Amir Siraj-ul-Haq said:

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Amir Siraj-ul-Haq declared that his party would hold events across the country on March 8. He stated that Islamabad would host the most significant event in this regard.

Published on Logical Baat, March 10, 2023

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