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PTI women deny being mistreated in jail

The PTI women said that no abuse occurred in jail; however, keeping them in jail when they have done nothing is abuse in itself.

Allegations of mistreatment and abuse of female PTI members in jails had recently surfaced. However, PTI female leaders denied being mistreated during their imprisonment in jail after the May 9th riots.

PTI leaders Aeiya Hamza Malik, Sanam Javaid Khan and Tayyaba Raja were going to the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore. During their brief interaction with journalists, the PTI women denied being mistreated in jail.

Sanam Javaid Khan said that no abuse occurred in jails; however, keeping them in jail when they have done nothing is abuse. Aliya Hamza Malik added that it was humiliating that women were picked up from their homes in the middle of the night.

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Meanwhile, Tayyaba Raja added that if there is a problem with their social media activity, then action to should be taken through the relevant laws instead of making them a target of political revenge.

Allegations of women being mistreated in jail

Thousands of PTI workers who have been arrested in connection with the May 9 violence also include women. PTI Chairman Imran Khan had alleged that there were reports of abuse, including “rape”, of his women party workers and supporters who were arrested following the May 9 riots.

On the other hand, CM Mohsin Naqvi rejected the allegations, saying that the PTI was resorting to propaganda regarding women being mistreated in prisons. He also formed a committee to probe the issue. He further pleaded for caution before levelling such accusations.

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The committee comprising SSP Investigation Dr Anoosh Masood and Lahore Deputy Commissioner Rafia Haider told Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday, after a visit to the Kot Lakhpat jail, that the inmates were being treated as per standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The two officers said they met everyone separately and questioned them about any mistreatment. SSP Anoosh Masood said no male from jail staff could enter the area allocated for women prisoners. She said a female doctor, a psychologist and two lady health workers were there round the clock.