Pakistan: Art curator beaten by police

On 2 August, a  Pakistani police station supervisor allegedly beat a female curator for “indecent behavior”. The incident occurred in Nairang Art Gallery, a well-known gathering place for left-leaning intellectuals in Lahore. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), the officer “brutally assaulted” the woman and entered the premises without a warrant. Hina Jilani, a prominent activist and human rights lawyer, told the Daily Times that the attack on one of the few remaining cultural and intellectual hubs of Lahore was an example of increasing religious extremism in the region.