Security officials stopped her from entering, saying that they were given verbal orders by Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid to stop women who weren’t wearing dupattas from entering the building.Dr Rashid denied this vehemently on Twitter and said it was “absurd”. After denying that she had given any such instructions, she said the guard’s behaviour was being investigated and that a show cause notice was being issued to him.
went to the Minister’s Block, Civil Secretariat lhr today coz I heard of this issue that you can’t enter without a dupatta. They refused me too. I asked for written orders and there were none. They used your name ma’am @Dr_YasminRashid . You can see. @PTIofficial #NayaPakistan pic.twitter.com/HvzLThV0Lh— sidra butt (@ButtSidra) October 19, 2018
She also told SAMAA TV that issuing such directives was not under her domain.Problem is, when SAMAA TV visited the secretariat, the female reporter was also stopped for not wearing a dupatta, this time by a female officer. Only this time, the officer told the reporter that she should wear the dupatta on her head instead of around her neck.The officer backed off once the cameras started rolling but before that she also said that Dr Rashid told them to make sure women wear dupattas. We have asked for a written order to post it on the door so that people stop arguing with us, said the guard.The news of this moral policing took social media by storm.
This is quite absurd indeed!Neither has such an instruction been given nor is it possible to discriminate against anyone on this pretextHave taken notice of this.The guard has been investigated and a show cause notice is being issued to him. https://t.co/cTg2L3g2hv— Dr. Yasmin Rashid (@Dr_YasminRashid) October 19, 2018
Ah yes, Dupatta, that famous 6th pillar of Islam. https://t.co/o6xU26d1P6— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) October 19, 2018
By order of a minister - Women entering the Punjab civil secretariat must wear a dupatta because otherwise men will oggle at them and get distracted. What century is This!?— Sehar Tariq (@sehartariq) October 19, 2018
This isn't the first time women have been restricted from entering this building because of their dupattas or lack thereof. But the PTI's official page was quick to dismiss the news on Twitter. It even tagged the information ministry's Fake News Buster account.Speaking to SAMAA TV, former Punjab MPA Uzma Bukhari said this is the face of 'Naya Pakistan'. She said Dr Rashid's explanation that she didn't give any such orders doesn't make sense. "Why would the guards make it up? If it was of their own initiative why would they start doing this now?" she asked."Who gave Yasmin Rashid the right to pass judgement?" asked Bukhari. She said it is difficult enough for women in Pakistani society without a female minister doing something like this.She said verbal orders are indeed valid, slamming the PTI's U-turn policies. "I always thought Yasmin Rashid was a reasonable woman but this is too much," she said.The PML-N leader said it seems like an excuse made up by Rashid to discourage visitors she didn't want to meet. Tomorrow they'll be an order about men's clothing too, she said.PPP MNA Naz Baloch said there is no law in our country forcing women to wear dupattas so there is no rule or law for these guards to enforce.
Rant alert: I was refused entry in a government building because I wasn’t wearing a dupatta. :) Refusing me entry was also a head scarf wearing woman (no issues, her choice) who called in a man when I asked why. He said these orders are from the minister I had a meeting with 1/2— Noor Imran (@NoorImran_) October 17, 2018