Pakistan: Singer interrupts show to rescue woman from harassment

Pakistani singer and actor Atif Aslam briefly stopped his concert in Karachi on 14 January 2017 to rescue a female audience member who was being harassed by having security staff pull her up on stage and finding her a safer place to enjoy the show, reported Hindustan Times on 16 January 2017.

Aslaf issued a stern warning to the rowdy men who were harassing the woman, saying: “Have you ever seen a girl? She could be your mother or sister. Act like a human being.”

The singer then addressed the crowd to respect women and that he would stop performing if the crowd continued harassing women.

Many other women complained of being harassed and molested at the show and many complained the concert organisers mismanaged the crowd and event, reported Dawn on 16 January 2017.

According to concertgoers, they weren’t let into the premises until one hour after the show was supposed to start. Additionally, the venue only had one small gate entrance, which added to the danger at the show with concertgoers pushing and shoving each other to get in.

Concertgoers also said the event was short-staffed, that organisers oversold the event and that no one was checking passes as people went in the venue.

Watch fan footage of the incident here

Photo: Atif Aslam/Facebook


» BBC – 17 January 2017
Pakistan singer Atif Aslam stops show to rescue harassed girl

» The New York Times – 17 January 2017
Singer interrupts concert to stop harassment of female audience member

» Hindustan Times – 16 January 2017
Wacth: Asif Aslam rescues female fan from harassers during Karachi concert

» Dawn – 16 January 2017
Atif Aslam calls out harassers mid-concert, tells them to respect women