Why are people labelling Minar e Pakistan incident as a ‘public stunt’? [FACTS]
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Blamed for being harassed, viewed with suspicion, or told to keep quiet is not new for Pakistani women. However, victim-blaming has stooped to its lowest level, as people have been alleging the Minar-e-Pakistan incident was actually a publicity stunt.
People have been claiming that the independence day incident referred to as “400 Vs. 1” was a meet and greet gone wrong.
Many news outlets have reported that the meet-up event was planned by the victim Ayesha Akram and her team of TikTokers to help their audience grow.
— Asjad Khokhar (@Akhokhar333) August 18, 2021
Ayesha Akram didn’t reveal that the unfortunate incident was a meet and greet gone wrong, and it is being used to fuel conspiracies. Perhaps she withheld that information due to fears of being victim-shamed.
So it was a publicity stunt to get viewership or paid campaign to defame Pakistan ?
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) August 18, 2021
What people are missing is the point that inviting fans for a meet and greet doesn’t make the assault the TikToker’s fault.
A female TikToker, Ayesha Akram, was assaulted in broad daylight by 400 men at Greater Iqbal Park, Lahore, on the 14th of August.
Ayesha and her friends were making a TikTok video in the park when hordes of men climbed a fence and attacked her.
She told the police that the men groped her, tore off her clothes, hit her, and tossed her in the air. In addition, they robbed her of PKR 15,000, stole her mobile phone, and took off her gold ring and earrings.
It is offensive to paint this horrendous incident as a conspiracy. It is also alarming, as to what lengths can people go to lay the blame on a victim.
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