A number of women whose houses were raided and searched in the late hours of night by law-enforcement agencies without any search or arrest warrants and in the absence of women police said here that such an act on the part of law-enforcers amounted to usurpation of the citizens’ rights.
They were narrating their ordeals at a seminar held on the topic of `Usurpation of Citizens’ Rights’ held here on Tuesday under the auspices of Women Wing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
Superintendent of Police, Masooma Changezi, was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Voicing their concern over the law-enforcement agencies’ late night raids and search of houses without warrants and women police, the women of the affected houses said that it was highly regretful and unlawful that in a number of such cases, they were harassed while their brothers and sons were subjected to torture even before their remand, causing them disability, besides some of them either went missing or succumbed to their injuries.
Speaking on the occasion MQM (Women Wing) Members Sarwat Usman, Rabia Majid and the widow of MQM’s martyred worker, Tahira Imran, highlighted the problems being faced by women in the wake of law-enforcement agencies’ late night raids and search of houses without any arrest or search warrants and without women police.
In her speech, the Superintendent of Police, Masooma Changezi, said that the law- enforcement agencies’ uniform was not the symbol of fear but of respect and, as such, all those whose houses had been raided without search warrants and in the absence of women police could exercise their right of lodging their complaints against the unlawful act and attitude of the concerned policemen and their officials at the reporting center.