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Mural for Aurat March gets vandalised by Lal Masjid clerics as police stands by and does nothing

Mural for Aurat March gets vandalised by Lal Masjid clerics as police stands by and does nothing

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Everyday something harrowing happens and women are reminded of their oppression. Yesterday, on Tuesday, a mural which was being painted for Aurat March was vandalised by clerics from Lal Masjid in Islamabad.

In a post made by an Instagram page called Aurat Azadi March, it is showed that the mural they were making was vandalised. The mural was named ‘Do akeli larkiyan dekhne nikali Jaha.” The mural was respectfully fine portraying two woman in traditional clothes. But sadly, a woman she clothed too, is never acceptable outside of the boundaries of her house.

The post explains that the artists had worked day and night to get every detail of the mural right but it all was for nothing when the ‘Mullahs’ arrived during they were out for a lunch break. The clerics of Lal Masjid vandalised the mural as the Islamabad police stood by urging the artists to avoid any conflict as the “Mullah’s were armed”.

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'Do akeli larkiaN dekhne nikli jahaN (Saray shiddat-pasand pareshan) Ghabra ke na yooN gurez-pa ho' Around 20 women and men spent days preparing this space, the wall, and painting every tiny detail of the most beautiful mural that reflected our culture, our beauty, our faith: two women, wearing traditionally embroidered kurtas, one of with hijab the other without, surrounded by jasmine flowers and a mesmerising moon. Days of fundraising took place to be able to purchase the paints, prints and scaffolding. On our second day of painting, we took a lunch break and rejoiced with the mural behind us. We sighed and could not stop looking at it. It was beautiful. Countless neighbours and passers-by stopped to admire it and commend the artists and even ask us to make one on their house. People came to say thank you, to help out, to say how inspired they were by this image. And it was such a relief to experience the freedom and inspiration from painting in a public space and be welcomed by the people who populate that space. First the thugs from Lal Masjid/Jamia Hafsa arrived and threatened us to stop immediately or they would force us to. Then the police arrived, stood by and told us to leave to 'avoid any conflict' as 'the Mullahs were armed'. And then this is what they did to it. #AuratAzadiMarch2020 #AuratAzadSamajAzad #WhyIMarch

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Why is there so much hate towards the Aurat March?

Aurat March 2020 has faced so much backlash in the last few days. From being taken to the court to a misogynist man like Khalil ur Rehman dragging it through mud on talks shows, the march has been put under the negative light all along. This reaction alone gives reason to women to march. Because even if you get used to your oppression something like this happens and you’re reminded that you as a woman have no standing in this society.

Also Read: Local feminist activist Nayab Jan schools Khalil-ur-Rehman during talk show

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