Women’s Action Forum Lahore condemns, in the strongest terms possible and demands stern action against Member Punjab Assembly, Sheikh Allauddin of the Unification Block for using abusive and filthy language for women members of the house on 20th June 2012. It also condemns those members who supported this behaviour through desk thumping.
Sheikh Allaudin, who is himself a ‘floor crosser’, has a history of using derogatory language against women including vulgar and filthy gestures. It is a matter of deep concern that instead of condemning his behaviour ruling party MPAs and their allies gave him full support as manifested through the physical assault and harassment of women MPAs on the following day. This behaviour has shamed the nation and bodes ill for the future as it denigrates women and encourages violence against them.
WAF is appalled by the silence of the Chief Minister and his aides who make tall claims about the honour of women and for their protection and rights. When elected women members of the Punjab Assembly are not safe from verbal and physical assault inside the house, what hope is there the ordinary woman? This behaviour has shamed all Pakistani men both nationally and internationally.
WAF demands registration of criminal cases of sexual assault and abuse against the said members on the basis of the written application already filed with the police by the women MPAs who were subjected to this violence.
WAF expects and demands of the women parliamentarians of the Unification Block to hold
Members like Sheikh Allaudin accountable for their behaviour towards women MPAs.
WAF urges the Election Commission to take notice of the fact that in his tirade against women Sheikh Allaudin openly ridiculed the Constitutional provision of reserved seats for women.
June 21, 2012