Working women protest against demolition of Kachhi Abadis

LAHORE: A number of working women staged a demonstration against the demolition of Kachhi Abadis at the Charing Cross, Mall Road, on Thursday. Women Working Help Line (WWHL) organised the protest. The protesters chanted slogans against the high-ups and police, and demanded that the ongoing demolition of houses of Kachhi Abadis must be stopped immediately. They also demanded that compensation be paid to those whose houses had been pulled down. They said that in the name of clean city, the government is ‘cleaning’ the poor people. They also tried to enter into the premises of the Punjab Assembly but police stopped them outside. WWHL Chairperson, Azra Shahid, said that the demolition of Kachhi Abadis in the city severely affected poor people and it should be stopped. Police is baton charging on the protesters who are protesting for their rights, she added. Azra said that the residents of Kachhi Abadis should be given alternate homes. She said human rights organisations would stage demonstrations outside government offices across the country if their demands were not accepted. Riffat Maqsood, Slamat Pardesi and Razia Ansari were among those who addressed demonstrators on the occasion. staff report.\03\18\story_18-3-2011_pg13_8

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