Print and electronic media flashed news last day stating that Naurang SDPO while chairing a meeting in his office to check dearness and hoarding during the month of Ramazan ordered banning entry of women shoppers to bazaars if they are not accompanied by their male relatives.
An official said on Saturday that local and higher authorities of police department took strong notice of such media reports while a show cause notice was issued to the concerned Sub Divisional Police Officer. He said that the District Police Officer had also sent recommendations to the provincial police officer seeking the suspension of Naurang circle Sub Divisional Police Officer. To ban entry of female shoppers in the bazaars without a male relative was not a part of the agenda of meeting presided over by SDPO Naurang Sanaullah Khan. Sanaullah has been reported saying that some clerics proposed in the meeting to ban entry of female shoppers in the bazaars during the holy month but he clearly said that he did not have any authority to impose such a ban.
“I cannot impose such a ban on women as I am not authorised to do so,” the SDPO said. He said that the meeting did not take any decision to arrest or punish those females who came to bazaars without a male relative. He said that he had not imposed any ban on females’ entry in bazaars. He added that police would take action against those who would spread obscenity in the town.