Subscribe to Secularism is a Womens Issue

Secularism is a Women’s Issue

Home > fundamentalism / shrinking secular space > Pakistan: 400 men assault a woman near Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore

Pakistan: 400 men assault a woman near Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore

’Sexual terrorism, not harassment’: Celebrities, politicians horrified at woman’s assault

Tuesday 24 August 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1641385/lahore-police-tracing-suspects-who-assaulted-woman-near-minar-e-pakistan-through-videos-photos-ccpo

Lahore Police tracing suspects who assaulted woman near Minar-e-Pakistan through videos, photos: CCPO

Imran Gabol | Dawn.com

Published August 18, 2021 - Updated 2 days ago

The woman was assaulted on August 14 when hundreds of youngsters were celebrating Independence Day near Minar-e-Pakistan. — Twitter screengrab

Lahore Police are tracing the hundreds of suspects who assaulted and harassed a female TikToker and her companions at the city’s Greater Iqbal Park on Independence Day, the city’s police chief said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said the suspects were being identified through videos of the incident shared on social media, and that a number of photos and videos had been sent to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to ascertain their identities.

On Tuesday, the Lorry Adda police had registered a case against nearly 400 suspects for harassing and assaulting the woman at Azadi Flyover.

The incident occurred on August 14 when hundreds of youngsters were celebrating Independence Day at the park. Police moved into action on Tuesday after videos of the episode went viral and sparked an outrage on social media.

CCPO Dogar ordered police to arrest the suspects visible in the video clips and said the culprits would be “traced soon”, according to the statement.

“Those who misbehaved with the girl will be dealt with strictly,” he was quoted as saying.

Footage is being acquired from Safe City cameras, DHA and TikTok clips, a police official who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing told Dawn.com. He said at least 10 suspects had been identified and would be apprehended soon, adding that more suspects would be identified soon.

On Wednesday, Lahore Police also issued an appeal to the public to help identify and arrest the suspects involved in the incident.

The appeal issued by Lahore Police to arrest the suspects.

The FIR was registered under Sections 354-A (assault or use of criminal force against woman and stripping her of her clothes), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to commit the theft), 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Azhar Mashwani, Punjab chief minister’s focal person for digital media, on Wednesday said that “strong and non-bailable clauses” had been added to the FIR.

He added that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered police to arrest all the culprits “ASAP”.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Zulfi Bukhari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had personally spoken to the Punjab inspector general of police about the incident. “Police is catching all culprits involved in [the] manhandling of female TikToker in Lahore,” he tweeted.

’Deeply disturbing’

Public figures, including politicians and celebrities, renewed their calls for the protection of women in Pakistan following the incident.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif said he was “deeply disturbed” by the harassment incident. “What is more worrying is the direction our society is headed in. The recent anti-women incidents are a reminder that [the] malaise is deep-rooted.”

Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar also found the incident very disturbing. “There needs to be serious introspection of the causes of this ugly face of society,” he said, adding that “women cannot be left feeling insecure.”

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz termed the visuals of the assault “heart-wrenching”, saying they “warrant collective introspection”.

“We as parents, teachers & leaders need to reflect upon the upbringing of our youngsters to make public spaces safe for women,” she tweeted.

Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht strongly condemned the assault, saying “the full might of the government will come down” upon those involved in it.

Attacked by hundreds

According to the first information report (FIR) of the incident, the complainant stated that she, along with six companions, was filming a video near Minar-e-Pakistan on Independence Day when around 300 to 400 people “attacked us”.

She said that she and her companions made a lot of effort to escape from the crowd. Observing the situation, the park’s security guard opened the gate to the enclosure around Minar-e-Pakistan, the FIR quoted her as saying.

“However, the crowd was huge and people were scaling the enclosure and coming towards us. People were pushing and pulling me to the extent that they tore my clothes. Several people tried to help me but the crowd was too huge and they kept throwing me in the air,” she said.

She further stated that her companions were also assaulted. During the struggle, her ring and earrings were “forcibly taken”, in addition to a mobile phone of one of her companions, his identity card and Rs15,000 that he had on his person.

“The unidentified persons assaulted us violently,” the complainant added.

The latest incident comes amid renewed focus on violence against women in Pakistan, following the murders of Noor Mukadam and Quratul Ain in July.

In the same month, a video went viral on social media in which six men were seen harassing a couple in Islamabad. The men held the couple at gunpoint, forced them to strip and then beat them up. Moreover, they also abused the couple verbally and physically by doing vulgar acts.

Four of the suspects were later arrested.

°°°

Source: https://images.dawn.com/news/1188214/sexual-terrorism-not-harassment-celebrities-politicians-horrified-at-womans-assault-at-minar-e-pakistan

’Sexual terrorism, not harassment’: Celebrities, politicians horrified at woman’s assault near Minar-e-Pakistan

18.08.21 Updated 2 days ago

Images Staff

Desk Report

“We only speak of religion when it comes to women’s clothes and what about these perverts?” asks Sanam Jung.

Public figures, including politicians and celebrities, have renewed their calls for the protection of women in Pakistan following the horrifying assault of a woman by over 300 men in Lahore on Independence Day.

The female TikToker was assaulted by a massive crowd at the city’s Greater Iqbal Park — the video of which started circulating on social media on Tuesday, leading to an outpouring of rage.

Lahore police registered a case against hundreds of unidentified persons for assaulting and stealing from the woman and her companions. The FIR was registered at the Lorry Adda police station against 400 unidentified assailants under sections 354 A (assault or use of criminal force against woman and stripping her of her clothes), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to commit the theft), 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Azhar Mashwani, Punjab chief minister’s focal person for digital media, on Wednesday said that non-bailable clauses have now been added to the FIR and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Zulfi Bukhari announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to the Punjab IG to arrest the men involved in the incident.

He also mentioned an incident where a statue of Ranjit Singh was damaged at the Lahore fort and called both of them “gross violations of laws and social norms”. The government won’t spare a single person involved, he vowed.

The steps taken by the government, however, did little to calm members of the civil society, who highlighted not just the assault but also the need to protect the women of the country without any more delays.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the assault “speaks to a rot in our society”. “The women of Pakistan feel insecure and it is all our responsibility to ensure safety and equal rights to all.”

Shehbaz Sharif
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and leader of the PML-N Shehbaz Sharif was “deeply disturbed” by the incident. “What is more worrying is the direction our society is headed in. The recent anti-women incidents are a reminder that malaise is deep-rooted.”

Chaudhry Sarwar
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said, “The incident of the violence against a woman in the Greater Iqbal Park is shameful and condemnable. Whoever is involved will not be able to escape justice. Women are the honour of our nation and they will be safeguarded, no matter what.”

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari
Pakistan is not safe for women or children, wrote Aseefa Bhutto Zardari. “This is the disgusting shameful reality,” she said, echoing the words of thousands of other people across Pakistan.

Jibran Nasir
Lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir pointed out that laws alone can’t fix Pakistan’s moral and social degeneration.

Mahira Khan
Actor Mahira Khan called for an example to be made of the 400 men who assaulted the woman.

Farhan Saeed
“Ashamed of being a man today,” tweeted singer Farhan Saeed, “ashamed that the men of this country keep doing these horrible acts every other day and ashamed that the law does not hang these predators so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Senator Afnanullah Khan
PML-N Senator Afnanullah Khan called it a new low for Pakistani society.

MNA Aliya Hamza
PTI MNA Aliya Hamza asked how many more women have to be condemned to this fate and promised to personally look into the case.

Nabeel Qureshi
Filmmaker Nabeel Qureshi said this is the real face of our frustrated and desperate society. “How many more women will have to be harassed, abused or attacked before the government makes this issue a top priority?” he asked.

Fatima Bhutto
Author Fatima Bhutto said there shouldn’t be any delay in the prosecution of the assaulters given that many filmed themselves and uploaded that footage online.

Mehreen Jabbar
Filmmaker Mehreen Jabbar said we must not insult animals by comparing the Minar-e-Pakistan assaulters and Zahir Jaffer to them. “They are the worst depraved form of humanity.”

Adeel Husain
Actor Adeel Husain called the incident a continued sign of our failures.

Dino Ali
Musician Dino Ali said it is the responsibility of the state to arrest the perpetrators. “They cannot be allowed to get away with this.”

Sanam Jung
Actor and TV show host Sanam Jung called it “extremely disappointing and scary at the same time that women are openly harassed in pubic”.
“We only speak of religion when it comes to women’s clothes and what about these perverts? 400 people with a sick mindset! They all should be behind bars! Everyday a new story makes headlines. This won’t stop until they’re published,” she wrote.

Aagha Ali
Actor Aagha Ali called it sexual terrorism, not harassment. “My heart goes out for that girl who went through this hideous experience and I want to tell her that we as a nation are sorry. We are extremely sorry behen [sister],” he wrote.

Mawra Hocane
“I want to hear what the ’not all men’ brigade has to say this time!” challenged actor Mawra Hocane. “[I] hope this incident is dreadful enough to open your eyes..at least this time there will be no judgement about the girl and how she could have avoided the situation!” she wrote.

Osman Khalid Butt
“Another moment we find ourselves collectively hanging our heads in shame,” wrote actor Osman Khalid Butt on Twitter. He called for action, not just condemnation.

Shahveer Jafry
YouTuber Shahveer Jafry said he was ashamed, embarrassed and sorry.

Mansha Pasha
“This whole drama of why was she there and what was she wearing is getting really old and no one is buying it anymore,” wrote actor Mansha Pasha.
“Just say that we don’t want to do anything to protect women and we want to keep stripping you of dignity because we can.”

Adnan Siddiqui
Actor Adnan Siddiqui said that since there is ample evidence, he hopes the culprits will be jailed. “Is this too much to ask for our women?” he asked.

Imran Abbas
Actor Imran Abbas apologised to Quaid-i-Azam and said he was “disgusted, petrified, ashamed and speechless”.

As public ire grows, we hope that these celebrities and politicians use their power to make Pakistan a safer place for women. Tweeting is not enough. As members of our legislative assemblies and people who have the ability to influence public opinion, they have a responsibility to protect the people of Pakistan.

Condemnation is only the first step. We need concrete action to make sure that women in Pakistan are safe.