A Pakistani girl has publicly accused her husband of beating her and shaving her head for refusing to bounce for him and his buddies, in a case that has raised new considerations about girls’s security within the nation.
Asma Aziz, from Lahore, made headlines when she revealed a surprising video on social media displaying her shaven head and bruised face.
Her husband, Mian Faisal, and a servant are each in police custody. Mr Faisal has denied torture.
Nevertheless, the case has prompted requires extra to be performed to guard girls from home violence.
In a tweet, Amnesty Worldwide mentioned “systemic change” was obligatory.
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Whereas we’re glad that robust and swift motion has been taken towards the torturers of Asma Aziz, we word with dismay the alarming rise in reported instances of violence towards girls. Systemic change to guard girls is important. Motion can’t solely be taken on a case-by-case foundation. pic.twitter.com/IQSOEpMUd9
— Amnesty Worldwide South Asia (@amnestysasia) March 28, 2019
In her video posted on 26 March, an emotional Ms Aziz alleged that two days earlier she was tortured after refusing to bounce in entrance of her husband’s buddies who have been at their home in Lahore’s upmarket Defence Housing Authority (DHA) district.
“He took my garments off in entrance of his servants. The servants held me as he shaved my hair off and burned it. My garments have been bloody. I used to be sure by a pipe and hung from the fan. He threatened to hold me bare,” she mentioned.
She mentioned she went to the police to file a criticism however they procrastinated – the police deny the allegation, saying that instantly after Ms Aziz’s go to to the police station a workforce was dispatched to her residence nevertheless it was discovered locked and the DHA administration prevented them from coming into the premises.
Police acted solely after the video got here to the discover of Deputy Minister for Inside, Sheheryar Afridi, who ordered officers to register a criticism.
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Took discover and chkd – my workplace was knowledgeable by SHO PS Kahna Lahore: Police has registered FIR and arrested each accused & booked underneath sections 337-v and 506. Medical report of the girl is awaited. One of many arrested is Faisal her husband pic.twitter.com/M3yMN4wlUU
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 27, 2019
Mr Faisal and the servant, Rashid Ali, have been arrested the next day. A preliminary medical report discovered a number of bruises, swelling and redness on Ms Aziz’s arms, cheeks and round her left eye.
Ms Aziz’s legal professionals later pleaded that the case be tried underneath the stricter anti-terrorism legislation as a substitute of the standard prison process.
In papers filed to the Lahore police on Wednesday, the legal professionals argued that the case had brought on “wider restlessness and anxiousness in society”.
Mr Faisal advised the police final week that his spouse had began slicing her hair underneath the affect of medication, and that he, having additionally taken medication, solely helped her end the job.
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The case brought on a furore on social media, with many voicing their anger at home violence in Pakistan.
Pakistani actress and singer Sanam Saeed was amongst those that spoke out in defence of Ms Aziz.
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It is like saying if a prostitute was raped its her fault anyway. When will a few of you actually perceive the that means of #consent??? An previous leaked video of #asmaaziz dancing, doesn’t justify her being tortured for refusing to bounce when she would not really feel prefer it. Have mercy!
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 2, 2019
Girls’s rights in socially conservative Pakistan has been a contentious subject of debate for years.
The UN’s Gender Inequality Index in 2016 places Pakistan 147th in an inventory of 188 nations primarily based on its poor file on girls’s well being, training, political empowerment and financial standing.
Violence towards girls and women stays a critical challenge. Activists say official statistics don’t reveal the extent of the issue – many instances go unreported.
Girls’s Day marches final month introduced complaints from some conservative teams. Among the protest organisers mentioned they obtained demise and rape threats on social media.
Reporting by BBC Urdu’s Shahzad Malik in Lahore