Shehzad Roy thanks PM Imran Khan for personally pursuing Mufti Aziz sexual assault case

Published 21 Jun, 2021 03:15pm

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"He will be making a holistic policy and initiate a mass public awareness campaign to address the issue," the singer added.

If you follow Shehzad Roy, you know that his activism speaks volumes about the importance he places on protecting children in the country.

Recently, he took to social media to share how whenever he spoke to Prime Minister Imran Khan about child protection, he received a positive response.

“Thank you Imran Khan for personally pursuing this case," he wrote on social media alongside a picture of jailed cleric Mufti Azizur Rehman.

"Whenever I have discussed child protection issues with the PM, he has shown a keen interest and soon he will be making a holistic policy and initiate a mass public awareness campaign to address the issue," he added.

His statement comes days after a student was sexually assaulted by a teacher at a madressah in Lahore. A case against Mufti Azizur Rehman was registered after a video of the assault was shared on social media. He has since been arrested.

The victim said he complained to the madressah administration but they refused to believe him as Rehman was an "elder and a pious man" and instead accused him of giving a false statement.

Following this, many celebrities spoke about children being abused by men purportedly teaching them about religion.

Roy is no stranger to fighting for the rights of children. The 'Laga Reh' singer spoke to Images previously about strongly he felt about protecting children against all sorts of abuse, be it sexual or domestic.

According to him, when physical punishments are inflicted upon children, society is telling them that violence is a valid means of resolving a problem.

"When a child is born, he is beaten up by his parents. When he goes to school or madressah to receive education, he is beaten up by the teachers and then eventually mercilessly by the police. He witnesses that if anything needs to be fixed, violence is considered the only solution, the only way. This is why I cannot stress on this enough — protect your children. Teach them, don’t severely punish them," he had said.