People narrate sexual assaults in public locations after Solis pageant catastrophe
—Trigger warning: The following story incorporates accounts of sexual assault
Over the weekend, reviews of a stage mishap, in addition to incidents of harassment and sexual assault, surfaced at Solis Festival held in Islamabad, prompting individuals to share their very own horrifying experiences of sexual violence on social media.
One lady stated gatecrashers had overrun a Noori live performance that she attended throughout her teenage years. They “destroyed property and harassed women” however her male mates “formed a circle around us until police could disperse the crowd”.
The incident “was terrifying and fully opened my eyes to how men delight in terrorising women, for them it’s like a sport” and “opened my eyes to how men consider women sub-human unless they’re connected to other men”.
‘Unlike different ladies’
Another lady shared a number of incidents from when she was aged 15, 17, and 19. She consequently stopped going to melas and live shows, she added.
“At 19, a teacher put his hand on my lap, said I was ‘smart, unlike other girls’,” she defined of 1 harassment incident.
‘Free for alls’
A younger activist spoke of sexual misconduct first at a live performance in Morocco after which she stated she “showered” after which on the ladies’s solely ticket line at a live performance by Asim Azhar.
“Men consider public gatherings sexual free for alls,” she stated. “When I got home, I cried on my mom’s shoulder for a long time.”
‘Bet on me’
“The first time I was groped was when I was 15 walking behind my mother and a bunch of boys had a bet on me,” one other lady shared.
She stated the remainder of the gang of boys laughed after certainly one of them “groped” her. “I showered multiple times & still shudder when I sense someone walking behind me,” she wrote.
‘Save my sister’
A lady in Lahore stated she was assaulted when she was 12 years outdated.
“The first time I was groped I was 12, my sister was 2 and we were playing in the street. The only instinct I had time was to save my sister. Idk how I picked up my sister and ran back to home. It was terrible,” she stated.
One lady stated she was “groped the first time when I was only 9. NINE”.
She stated the assault occurred at a household pageant.
‘Older stranger man’
Yet one other lady narrated the a number of occasions she was sexually assaulted.
“The first time I was groped I was 13 walking with my mother in a bazaar, the second time in a 5 star hotel when I was 16 at chand raat by various hands in a crowd, sexually abused at 10 & touched inappropriately by a much older stranger man when I was 11 playing in a street,” she stated. “Oh there’s so much more.”
A younger activist added his personal account of sexual assault, saying he couldn’t “even imagine what Pakistani women have to go through in public spaces”.
“Men/ boys themselves aren’t safe from groping & other forms of sexual violence in Pakistan,” he added. “I’ve been inappropriately touched a lot of times in public buses as a teen to a young man even nearly raped.”
He recounted three of many horrific incidents, one when he was 14, then at 16, at 21, and even at 25.
“I can go on & on with how unsafe is Pakistan for women & men. The trauma of such acts of sexual violence lives on for a long time, its about time they are taken seriously. Protect us!”
As one of many social media customers put it, the query stays: “Who’s going to answer for this?”