Court orders registration of FIR against Aurat March organizers

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On Saturday, the additional district and sessions’ judge (South) gave this direction to the Station House Officer (SHO) of the City Courts police station on an application, filed by Advocate G M Arain under Section 22-A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against the same SHO for allegedly not entertaining his request to register an FIR against the organisers of the Aurat March.

Section 22-A of the CrPC empowers the court to act as ‘Justice of Peace” and order the registration of an FIR against an offence in case of the police’s failure to do so.

In the application, Arain contended that the respondents, including Marvi Sarmad, Tooba Syed and others, had organised an event by the name of Aurat March in Islamabad on March 8.

The applicant stated that he, along with other members of the Karachi Bar Association, had watched the event’s telecast on television channels from the capital. He alleged that during the event, sacrilegious remarks were made about respectable religious personalities and their wives, adding that provocative slogans were also raised.

They claimed they had watched the “derogatory and un-Islamic material” while they were on the court’s premises in Peshawar and had later filed an application with the SHO East Cantt but he was “reluctant” to register an FIR.

The judge stated that the petitioner’s arguments were heard and the record was examined. He directed the SHO East Cantt to “register FIR of the occurrence as reported by the petitioners under the relevant law”.