Pakistani Twitter applauds Lums female students after sexist Facebook group is exposed
LAHORE- Female students at the Lahore University of Management Sciences staged a protest against a Facebook group, of mostly men, that shared content targeting women at the university with derogatory language, images, commentary and obscenity. Student took screenshots of the content and shared it to various social media platforms.
People were appalled by what they saw and praised the women for standing up.
ugh it's not just disgusting jokes and memes guys on this group were actively talking about raping/killing women and honestly people who can joke about this are a step closer to actually doing these things#LUMS https://t.co/Yuf86IMSaf— Mehreen Talha (@dramallama212) April 9, 2019
There's a dude on Facebook defending the LUMS dankpuna boys with the logic that "it was a closed group, leaking screenshots was an invasion of privacy"— H™ (@MahatmaaGanji) April 9, 2019
I am so fucking done. Thanos was right.
More than 200 students, mostly women, sat outside the office to register their protest and demand action to be taken against the misogyny that prevails on campus/online, and Twitter again applauded them for not giving up.
unprecedented. we won't let it go until LUMS is a safer space for its women. 💙✊🏼 pic.twitter.com/kD2nXRqQqo— zainab🌙 (@zainabmsheikh) April 8, 2019
LUMS girls are fckkkin fire. I respeccc.— 20/20 always (@baeresham) April 8, 2019
The sit in at LUMS confirms my belief that the future of feminism, and of female resistance is, InshaAllah, bright in Pakistan.— Madiha R (@ahidamzair) April 9, 2019
This incident also prompted one woman to share her on-campus harassment story to demonstrate that this disturbing behaviour goes unnoticed and undisciplined in many universities.
This fb expose of #LUMS has triggered some very painful memories for me as well.Back in 2014 and then in 2016 just before our last semester,some class fellows made this confession page on fb.They targeted each one of us.— acrazybich. (@achayaarbas) April 6, 2019
"She is fat,she is dark,she talks like this,she is a bitch,she is a slut".every aspect of our personalities was attacked. We stood against it. So many of us stood by each other and offered unconditional support to.We came forward with the proofs,but the darling parents of ++— acrazybich. (@achayaarbas) April 6, 2019
This is not the first time the campus has become ensnared in controversy on women’s rights. The university met with strong opposition when it started its first feminist club, FemSoc. And later, when a harassment case was reported against one of the law professors five years ago a similar reaction erupted. Following this case, LUMS devised its sexual harassment policy, however it is unclear if it covers online behaviours. Pakistan’s cybercrime law and the HEC’s harassment policy, however, do.
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