Aurat March organisers, supporters demand apology over doctored and misleading video

Aurat March organisers, supporters demand apology over doctored and misleading video

Ask journalists and media organisations "desist from spreading false and malicious information endangering lives".
12 Mar, 2021

Organisers and supporters of the Aurat March Karachi are calling for an apology after a video from the March 8 demonstration was doctored to falsely show participants raising blasphemous slogans and widely shared online.

“The Aurat March faces severe backlash every year. Our videos and posters are targeted and manipulated, spreading misinformation and maligning the March. This year, one of our videos was doctored and heinous allegations are being placed on us,” the organisers tweeted on Thursday.

The organisers shared both videos on the social media platform to show how the words of the slogans raised at the march were changed.

The fake videos were shared by some journalists with massive Twitter followings and led to death threats for the organisers, said the forum.

They are now demanding:

  • A public apology and immediate retraction by all the journalists and media houses who have shared disinformation about the Aurat Marches and that this point on social media accounts, newspapers, television shows etc.

  • The individual journalists and media organisations desist from spreading false and malicious information endangering the lives of Aurat March organisers and participants.

  • That media houses stop inviting individuals with a history of repeatedly and deliberately spreading disinformation on their platforms.

A Google Document being shared online contains both the statement and signatures by over 260 journalists, activists and supporters who endorse it.

Several people have also taken to Twitter to condemn the doctored videos using the hashtags #StopHateAgainstAuratMarch and #ApologisetoAuratMarch, including Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.

She called it a "purposeful campaign" that will "not deter this beautiful and necessary movement".

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has also condemned the campaign against the Aurat March. It said an apology is not enough.

Others have seconded that and said an apology is just not enough.

Activist and lawyer Jibran Nasir noted that several accounts had deleted the doctored videos after they were proved false but many are refusing to do so.

One of the people who has apologised for spreading the video is Hum TV host Ovais Malangwala.

Some people have also called for punishment for the people who spread the doctored videos.

The doctored videos are still available online and so far, no action has been taken against those who spread or created the videos.


Guzni Mar 12, 2021 01:11pm
Just apology is not enough. There must be strict laws to ensure that such social mess get minimized.
M. Emad Mar 12, 2021 01:20pm
Pakistan's 'Aurat March' movement heading in the right direction.
M. Saeed Mar 12, 2021 01:23pm
Government needs to investigate and curb decisively, such trouble makers and anti-human elements.
Teddy Mar 12, 2021 01:56pm
Doctored video made by selectors and their religious supporters.
Pancake Mar 12, 2021 01:58pm
These tactics by selectors will not stop people for demanding their rights!
Wiser Mar 12, 2021 02:00pm
Such an intolerant and oppresive society, afraid of women protests. Women in Pakistan should make most men wear Burqas starting from IK Niazi. salwar kameez fits well on him!
Fastrack Mar 12, 2021 02:03pm
Nation divided. Aurat March propose served.
sherry saleem Mar 12, 2021 02:19pm
trying to gain media attention... the march is over but after effects are still visible..
TZaman Mar 12, 2021 02:27pm
On matter what, these old fashioned mind are getting extinct and will be obsolete. Faking and lying to continue their form custom and civilization. The new Pakistanis reject it totally.
Altaf Noor Ali Mar 12, 2021 02:31pm
One of my friends mentioned that the marchers were carrying the flag of France and raising slogans not suitable. I felt quiet listening to him and he attributed his source to a tv anchor mostly watched by fundos. How vicious was this campaign just imagine. I urge organisers to keep on clarifying this matter; your adversaries are many.
Ghulam mustafa Mar 12, 2021 02:36pm
Welcome to islami jamhoori Pakistan
Bilal Mar 12, 2021 02:39pm
That BS show is over now long ago but you guys are still hyping it up, money speaking
Ali Imran Mar 12, 2021 02:59pm
The manipulators should be dealt with ant-blasphemy law rather
John Mar 12, 2021 03:16pm
How do we know video is fake? Demands are legitimate
Bilal Mar 12, 2021 04:04pm
This is a women’s March So what do they mean by the slogan Baluch bhee mangay azzadi and also same for Sindhi, pashtoon and Punjabi. Azadi from whom? They borrowed this slogan from IOK Kashmiris to use in Pakistan. Whose agenda are the organisers working on.
Majid Mar 12, 2021 04:04pm
Videos circulating on the social media were certainly false and the people there were paid actors.
Armagan Mar 12, 2021 04:21pm
more power to the aurat march
Saad Iqbal Mar 12, 2021 04:22pm
Who will hold them accountable for hijacking the women rights movement and taking it away from real issues like dowry, forceful marriages and wirasat?
Lahori Mar 12, 2021 04:53pm
Plenty of insecure people afraid of independent and assertive women. They have to resort to trolling and spreading fake news and doctored videos
Ramay Mar 12, 2021 04:56pm
Why aurat march when aurat is a hindu muslim in the islamic state? Aurat that is marching for exposure of her curves,is getting dowary and than share from the parents property, what else the aurat needs next.While aurat after becoming a doctor and engineer etc,won't work for the state, even private employment? Nevertheless blasphemous slogans with multiple aurat march participants is obvious in many videos uploaded by the organizers of the event.
kp Mar 12, 2021 05:30pm
Go women and break the chains, All women have to fight for their way and freedom because this patriarchal and Hypocrite society will not give them their rights so easily.
Javed Mar 12, 2021 07:40pm
The govt. must take the lead in this aurat march phenomenon, so it can keep the narrative from creeping outside of muslim values.
aman Mar 12, 2021 08:05pm
Foreign funded woman have nothing to do with real issues associated with women. They are there to promote foreign agenda
Ash20 Mar 12, 2021 09:30pm
Institutions don’t like any freedom for anybody as they are scared if any free thinking organization get powerful then they will be goner.
Vishesh Mar 12, 2021 11:32pm
We support this movement..... this is going to get stronger day by day
Captain Mar 13, 2021 12:23am
What women want , they themselves don’t know infact!
Captain Mar 13, 2021 12:23am
@M. Emad please don’t talk rubbish !
Teddy Mar 13, 2021 07:25am
Why is smart, visionary, modern Imran Khan Niazi so quiet on Aurat march?