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Women shamed after rape cases, but men not held accountable, says Murad Saeed

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Federal Minister for Communication Postal Services Murad Saeed on Monday said that being a man, he takes full responsibility and accountability for the grisly motorway gang-rape case. The emotional speech of the minister at the National Assembly session yesterday garnered him praise on social media.

Twitter users lauded Saeed for showing compassion, empathy, and concern for the gang-rape victim. Saeed said the gang rape of the woman did not happen here, but being a member of the parliament and a man of the society, he takes full responsibility for the incident.

“It did not happen on the motorway but I take responsibility for the incident being a male member of the society, being a member of the parliament,” Saeed said while speaking on the floor of the House.


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He asserted that it is the responsibility of the parliament to make protect citizens. He censured the opposition members for engaging in trivial debates like who made the motorway and forensic labs for DNA testing. Saeed lamented that the assembly should discuss ways about how to stop such incidents in the future.

The federal minister commented that the parliament is responsible for giving courage and a sense of security to terrified children and women. He said that while the woman is being accused and shamed after cases of sexual abuse – society does not hold men accountable for sexual misconduct.

Saeed argued that instead of debating ways to empower women and girls, identifying the drawbacks in the system, and how it should be fixed – the opposition is seeking his resignation.

Saeed clarified the issues raised in the parliament regarding the deployment of police on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway section.

He added that he listened to the call made by the victim to 130 in which she informed about her empty fuel tank. He said motorway police subsequently connected her to the concerned people, reported The Express Tribune.

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