LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the deputy commissioner to hear grievances of a petitioner and decide, as per the law, his application against the upcoming Aurat March.

Justice Shahid Karim passed the order disposing of a petition filed by a lawyer.

Advocate Rana Muhammad Sikandar, the petitioner, submitted that the Aurat march had been taking place in Lahore since 2019 with an apparent motive to expose the problems women face in Pakistan.

However, he alleged that it had been observed in the past that the participants of the March indulged in passing indecent comments and social media platforms spread them without any filtration. He pleaded that such activities had been destroying the fabric of society.

The lawyer pointed out that brawls also occurred in the past between the participants of the Aurat March and the activists of Jamat-i-Islami, who also organised the “Haya March” on the same day.

He asked the court to restrain the district government from allowing Aurat March this year in light of the alleged controversial placards and banners.

Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2024

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