Pakistani celebrities were set to gather at Karachi press club on Monday (Sep 14) evening to mark what would be their second protest against the motorway incident. I was a bit early to the venue and hence saw another protest underway, this one organised by the trans community to condemn the recent killings, harassment and assault.
As celebrities started rolling in, the other protest – much to the dismay of the attendees – was sidelined as all the eyeballs as well as the cameras were directed towards the who’s and who of the showbiz industry. Yasir Hussain, alongside PR mogul, Frieha Altaf were among the first ones to arrive at the venue. However, Frieha wasn’t pleased to have been a part of such a protest again, according to ET report.
“It saddens me, it angers me to have to raise my voice against such barbaric incidents,” the former supermodel told the paper. “I shouldn’t have to organise such protests but I have no other choice since the law and order situation in this country doesn’t seem to get any better.
There are similar horrific cases every other day and it’s time we make some noise to put an end to it.” Talking about the public hanging of the rapists, Frieha commented she’s not the one in favour of such brutality. “We saw in Zainab’s case. Hanging the culprit does not bring the needed change, that is not the solution. After Zainab’s case, we saw a rise in 16% of the rape cases. We have to find answers elsewhere.”
Sarwat Gilani was another known face who showed up to support the cause. “It’s high time we come out. We have always been termed as a resilient nation. We aren’t resilient. We are complacent. We should have been protesting for a long time,” she said.
Like Frieha, Gillani was also not in favour of the public hanging of rapists. “I am not in the favour of public hanging of the rapists,” the Churails star shared, emphasising the need to educate the masses. “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.”
Yasir Hussain thought there needs to be long-term policy to tackle such heinous crimes and rallied for changes in the education system. “We need to bring in sex education in our curricula. The issue of not having a conversation regarding sex is so deep-rooted in our society that we shy away from such topics whereas they should be prioritised,” Yasir said.
“We’ve always thought our women how to walk, how to talk, what to wear, what not to wear when we should have made our men think about the very same things. We should make our men understand how to respect women,” the Lahore Se Aagay star remarked. “No man should dare stare a woman.”