After being harassed by male colleagues in the parliament, a pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate, telling AFP that the widely publicised incident depicts how women protection laws are being enforced.
Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, MP in Sindh province, spoke of her fury after Imdad Pitafi, provincial minister invited her to his private chambers on the assembly floor on Friday in comments which is seen as sexual harassment in conservative Pakistan.
Despite a woman, Deputy speaker of the assembly refused to take any action even after she protested strongly.
Consequently, Nusrat Sahar Abbasi was seen holding a bottle in her hand on Saturday said to be of petrol and threatening to self-immolate if no action was taken.
Later Pitafi offered Abbasi a chador or veil as a mark of respect when he was pressurised. Federal party chiefs were also forced to intervene as the incident flooded on social media.
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Though later Abassi told that the incident was over but there is still a question on the implementation of laws protecting women
“Their implementation is still a dream,” Abbasi said.”Even us, the parliamentarians are not safe from gender biases and harassment,” she said.
Though Pakistan has passed several laws to increase protections in recent years even at the provincial level but critics have shown that they won’t impact unless they are implemented.
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