=> The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the maltreatment of female demonstrators [outside Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas’ house on Sunday] by male policemen.
The demonstrators had gathered outside Justice (Retd) Bhagwandas on Sunday evening to hold a candlelight vigil and protest against his undeclared house-arrest. While they were leaving, policemen (uniformed and in plain clothes) converged upon them. After a brief scuffle, eight men were thrown into the waiting police mobile vans and take to the Darakhshan Police Station, where an FIR was registered against them. They were released five hours later on personal bonds.
“It is shocking to note that violating all norms of decency, male policemen misbehaved with female demonstrators, baton-charged male activists and arrested eight of them,” HRCP’s Zohra Yusuf and Iqbal Haider said in a joint statement issued Monday.
The commission held the provincial authorities fully responsible for the “brutal police action against peaceful demonstrators” and demanded that all politically motivated cases be withdrawn. Peaceful protests are the democratic right of the citizens of Pakistan, the statement concluded.
Source: The News