Every woman should, in an ideal world, be able to live a peaceful life. Realistically, however, the prevalence of harassment in the country makes the idea seem too far-fetched. Here is yet another incident of harassment that took place near a mall in Lahore. A man is harassing girls in Lahore, asking to give them a ride home.
There is no denying that Pakistan is a heavily patriarchal society, and harassment has been a recurring issue for generations. By the courtesy of men in our society, the trauma has seeped into every Pakistani woman’s life.
As Pakistanis, we take pride in our ‘Islamic’ country. Whereas, in actuality, our country is stubbornly against Islamic teachings. Women are destined to face many different types of issues and undergo all sorts of human rights violations. From rapes to honor killings, and from gender discrimination to domestic violence, women in Pakistan witness it all.
In a culture that views women as weak and incapable of raising their voices, harassment has taken root. It is becoming more and more common in Pakistan nowadays.
Taking to Twitter, a user shared a video of the incident while exposing how his friend was harassed near a mall in Lahore. The video appears to show a young woman standing with her friend, who may be filming the video, while a car with two men in it stops, one of them offering her a ride home.
Here is the video of the incident
“Known for harassing girls in parking lots of Malls in Lahore.”
A man harassing girls in Lahore to give them a ride just for fun, what a sick world we live in.
The fact that they are women and out of their house is enough for them to be harassed. The same happened with a girl riding a bike on Faisal Town Road in Islamabad. Three boys allegedly harassed and clicked pictures of a girl riding her bike and someone exposed them. In another street harassment case, a minor girl who appeared to be under the age of 10 was groped by a biker while she was walking on a street.
Why do women in our society have to live with the constant fear of exploitation? With so many harassment cases piling up on a daily basis, why are there no strict rules or regulations that are actually functional enough to hold these monsters accountable? Is the need to feel safe too much to ask for?
Dear girls, beware! This harassment incident followed by numerous others has proven that no woman is secure anywhere in this country. Please, stay safe.
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