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Ferozewala’s Constable Faiza says no woman stays silent when disrespected

FEROZEWALA: Constable Faiza Nawaz on Wednesday stressed that she was speaking up for herself and that no woman stays silent when she is disrespected.

Addressing a press conference here in the city alongside leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Constable Faiza also refuted the allegations that she was playing politics. She also clarified that she was not speaking on behalf of the police department.

The constable, who was violently slapped by a sexist lawyer, Ahmed Mukhtar Advocate, in public last week, said the legal practitioner had become physically abusive towards her when she told him not to park his car at the Ferozewala Courts’ main entrance point.

She said Mukhtar, the lawyer, had parked his car at the main gate of the Ferozewala Courts where she was stationed on duty — around 1PM. “My fellow worker told him not to park his car there, saying, ‘Kindly, sir, please move your car back, this is the entrance’.

“To which he responded ‘Who are you to tell me to do anything? Don’t you know I’m a lawyer? Don’t you know the consequences of picking a fight with lawyers?'”

Constable Faiza said she paused to point out the manner in which he was talking, saying: “You are educated, you have a law degree.”

The police officer noted that that was when Mukhtar “started hurling abuses at me and started to kick me in the shins as I was sitting on a chair.

“I stood up and said, ‘Sir, talk now … What’s the problem with you?’ and then he slapped me across the face,” she added.

The constable explained that she immediately went to the office of the district police officer (DSP) and narrated what had happened. “I have not resigned from my post,” she added.

Constable Faiza further highlighted how the lawyer fraternity was angry over how she, as a petitioner, was allowed to bring Mukhtar to the court in chains. She said: “On the other hand, while I’m the petitioner, I’m also a police officer and I have the right to arrest and take him away.

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