LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed a petition against the upcoming Aurat March in the city.

Justice Shahid Karim announced a reserved decision on a petition by a citizen, Azam Ali Butt.

The petitioner, through a counsel, submitted that 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 it had been observed in the past that the march participants 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 petitioner said brawls occurred in the past between the participants in the Aurat March and the activists of the JI, who organised the “Haya March” on the same day.

He asked the court to restrain the government from allowing Aurat March in light of the alleged controversial placards and banners besides reservations of the general public.

Published in Dawn, March 5th, 2024

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