After Lahore High Court (LHC) sought a permanent ban on ‘Aurat March’ across Pakistan, the women in the country came out to highlight the importance of such initiative for a good cause.
Women in numbers took to Twitter to explain why they want ‘Aurat March’ to put light on how females struggle in our society. #WhyIMarch becomes a trend on social media and people started sharing their views with an aim to change the general perception about ‘Aurat March’.
#WhyIMarch because in my own country, in my own city, in my own university, I don't feel safe walking alone. Because men think its funny to slow down their car and bikes and pass out comments on you if you're going somewhere. Because men think it's okay to make you fear them.
— Izza (@izza_nadeem) February 26, 2020
#whyimarch because so many universities and schools have no sexual harassment policies and no proper way to report harassment, no laws governing the safety of women in Pakistan
— rat (@rantsofachutiya) February 26, 2020
#WhyIMarch because for years and years i didnt tell anyone and i thought it was my fault
— maybe I havent been looking at the sky (@twinfantasyx) February 26, 2020
#WhyIMarch for all the women that couldn’t
— ayesha⁷ (@taehylor) February 26, 2020
#WhyIMarch because when I reported the incident of almost getting abducted in uber no one in my family took it seriously and told me it was because I wasn't dressed properly.
The driver had put a child lock on, shut the windows, took me to a deserted place and I had never felt-
— sakina (@suckerstung) February 25, 2020
It must be noted here that LHC approached the federal and provincial governments to put a ban on ‘Aurat March’ citing it as “anti-state” and “un-Islamic”. Following a petition by Advocate Azhar Siddique, LHC Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh gave directives.
According to the petitioner, hundreds of women will come out with placards portraying negativity, anarchy, and vulgarity under the banner of ‘Aurat March’ which is unethical and against Islamic teachings.