Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman on Tuesday lashed out at critics of the Aurat March, saying “march tou zarur hoga!”.
She was responding to a remark by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad who claimed that “mera jism meri marzi azadi nahi, awargi hai” (My body, my choice is not freedom, it is obscenity).
“In a democratic society, asking for your rights is not only valid, but also extremely important,” Sherry Rehman said.
Demanding respect from the parliament members, she stated that shaming and degrading those who leave the comfort of their homes to ask for due rights, is a way for men to disregard the struggles of women.
“I am part of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s party, who struggled, and because of whom we are standing here today.”
She further called out the hypocrisy and double standards of society who do not put men on the same pedestal.
“This will not happen in Pakistan, and People’s Party opposes this!” she concluded, adding “March tou zaroor hoga!” (The March will definitely happen).
Senator @sherryrehman’s powerful & strong response against threats to @AuratMarch in Senate today! March to Zaroor hoga!!! Women parliamentarians joined forces to support women marchers.✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 #AuratMarch2020 @AuratMarchKHI @AuratAzadiMarch #IWD2020 @BBhuttoZardari @BakhtawarBZ pic.twitter.com/TJnwm8Aqiw
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) March 2, 2020