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Stop Giving Awards To Alleged Sexual Harassers, Minister Mazari Tells President

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Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has said that individuals accused of sexual harassment should not be given awards until their cases are concluded in the courts. She expressed these views while addressing a conference at the President House on Wednesday.
“I want to tell President Arif Alvi: We as a state should disown individuals suspected of harassment. If women who come forward with harassment allegations don’t cover their head or are progressive, the society assumes that they are lying,” the minister noted.

In an apparent reference to the sexual harassment case filed by singer Meesha Shafi against Ali Zafar, Mazari said that harassment cases face unusual delays in the Supreme Court because the accused use their influence and power.
In September, President Arif Alvi had awarded singer Ali Zafar, who is currently facing sexual harassment allegations, with Pride of Performance— a move that irked human rights activists. Women rights groups had demanded the government not to honour individuals accused of harassment.

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