STOPPING WOMEN TO CAST VOTE IS UTTER VIOLATION OF THEIR RIGHTS
Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has decried the act of stopping women from exercise their right to vote and termed it as abhorrent to the spirit of democracy. He said that it was utter violation of women rights. He said that certain feudal lords and chieftains had prevented women from casting their votes in the by-elections which was highly reprehensible. He said that the vote was a national trust and the elements betraying this trust should be dealt with strongly in accordance with law. He demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take stern notice of forcefully depriving the women of their right to cast vote in the by-elections. He said that the elements responsible for usurping the rights of the women should be arrested and reo-polling should be held in those areas where women were not allowed to vote. Restraining women from taking part in the democratic process should be condemned at all levels.