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Police torture of protesters: call for the inclusion of members of civil society in the investigation – Pakistan

KARACHI: Human rights and political activists Sheema Kermani, Uzma Noorani, Mahnaz Rehman, Sarah Zaman, Sajida Baloch and Naghma Iqtidar have called on the Sindh government to induct human rights organizations and civil society into a commission to inquiry set up to investigate police actions against women in assembly.

Activists expressing concern over the torture of women are protesting in police custody and calling on the Sindh Chief Minister to take action against the police officers involved.

They strongly condemned the police for using abusive language towards the protesters. They said the women were protesting for the recovery of missing Baloch people, especially two Baloch students studying at the University of Karachi.

The leaders said it was a peaceful protest, but the police attacked and roughed up the women and arrested them. They said the constitution provides for the right to protest, but the police behaved against them as anti-state elements.

Activists said the chief minister became aware of it and set up a commission of inquiry and ordered them to report back within seven days. They said the seven-day deadline was over and the committee did nothing. They talked about how a police committee can take action against police officers. They called on the government of Sindh to include human rights bodies and civil society in the investigation committee.

They said human rights bodies and civil society would protest if their demand was not met. They also called for legislation in Sindh against enforced disappearances.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022