PTI women workers deny Imran’s claims of rape in jail

LAHORE    -    The women workers and leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) arrested in connection with the May 9 vandal­ism Friday rejected their party’s claims of alleged mistreatment and sexu­al assault in custody. 

Following their ar­rest, party chief Im­ran Khan had claimed that women supporters were being "molested and harassed" during custody and urged Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to in­tervene and take notice of the matter. During their appearance in court on Friday, the women workers con­firmed that they were not being mistreated in jail. However, they said that keeping them in jail was unfair as they had not done anything wrong and should not have been jailed. 

They also told report­ers that the biggest hu­miliation is that wom­en are picked up at night from their homes. Women should not be subjected to such cases. Sarwar Road police Fri­day presented at least PTI workers involved in workers confirmed that they were not being mistreated in jail. However, they said that keeping them in jail was un­fair as they had not done any­thing wrong and should not have been jailed. They also told reporters that the biggest humiliation is that women are picked up at night from their homes. Women should not be subjected to such cases. Sar­war Road police Friday pre­sented at least PTI workers involved in the arson attack on Jinnah House on May 9, be­fore the Lahore anti terrorism court (ATC). The PTI activists denied allegations made by party chairman Imran Khan that PTI activists were being subjected to torture during detention. The anti-terror­ism court held a case hearing of the attack on Jinnah House. After completion of the iden­tification parade, investigat­ing officer Inspector Muham­mad Sarwar presented the accused persons before the ATC judge. PTI leader Alia Hamza, party activists Sa­nam Javed and Tayyaba Raja and others were among the women accused who were presented before the court. Following the hearing of the case, these women leaders of PTI denied the rumors of pos­sible abuse maltreatment and rape within the jail premis­es. In a video that went viral on social media upon their return from the appearance in ATC, Raja and Sana can be heard saying that they were not subjected to abuse or ill-treatment in jail, but said they had not done anything wrong and keeping them in detention falls under the cat­egory of abuse itself.