LAHORE: A horrifying video from Pakistan has emerged online in which hordes of men are seen groping, mauling and tearing off the clothes of a woman, who is famed for her videos on TikTok.
Several such horrific videos of the woman being “brutally attacked” in Lahore even as the country celebrated its Independence Day on August 14 have surfaced online and for a while, the incident was among top hashtags on Twitter #minarPakistan and #400 men were among the hashtags being used by outraged netizens who expressed their shock and disgust at the violence against the woman. The woman has filed a complaint with police in which she alleged that a mob of around 400 people attacked her and her friends while she was filming a video near Minar-e-Pakistan on August 14, according to local media reports.
“I was stripped and my clothes were torn apart,” she said alleging that the mob picked her up and started tossing her in the air, the Express Tribune quoted.
The woman also alleged that she kept crying for help but to no avail and no one came to her rescue.
Disturbing video clips widely circulated in social media show hundreds of men thrashing the woman, tearing her clothes and hurling it into the air.
She also alleged that her gold ornaments were “forcibly taken” by unidentified people in the crowd, while the mobile phone and cash were also “snatched”.
Maria Amir wrote in Dawn that there can be no more obvious metaphor for how depraved our society really is. It is hard to imagine a more powerful symbolic representation of how we have twisted the very meaning of ‘independence’ and ‘freedom’ to cater solely to one gender at the expense of another. There really is no other way to say it, we are in the midst of gender apartheid.
The incident took place at the Greater Iqbal Park area in Lahore according to the First Information Report (FIR) registered at the Lorry Adda police station in the city.
The annual report of the State of Human Rights in Pakistan released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) for the year 2020 amply describes the plight of women in the country.
The HRCP report has once again painted a concerning picture of the women’s rights situation in the country. The HRCP has highlighted forms of violence against women, which include sexual assault and domestic violence prevalent across the country.
Police register case
Lahore police have registered a case against hundreds of unidentified persons on charges of assaulting and stealing a woman Tuck Tucker and her accomplices in Iqbal Park on the occasion of Independence Day.
According to an FIR lodged at the Lari Ada police station in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, the complainant stated that she was filming near Minar-e-Pakistan with six others on the occasion of Independence Day when 300 to 400 people attacked them. done.
He said that he and his comrades tried hard to avoid the crowd and considering the situation, the security guard had opened the door near Minar Pakistan.
The police were told that despite this the number of attackers was very high and people were coming towards us, people were pushing me and they tore my clothes, many people tried to help me but The crowd was huge.
The complainant further said that his accomplices were also attacked, during which his ring and earrings were also forcibly taken away while his accomplice’s mobile phone, identity card and Rs 15,000 were also snatched.
FIR of the said incident is Penal Code of Pakistan Section 354A (Assault on a woman or criminal use of force and tearing of clothes), 382 (Stealing with intent to kill, Damage with intent to loot), 147 (Riot) And 149.
Meanwhile, Lahore DIG Operations Sajid Kayani directed the Superintendent of Police to take immediate legal action against the accused involved in the incident.
The DIG said the footage should be used to track down the culprits and bring to justice those who violated the woman’s dignity and tried to harass her.
A video of the incident had been circulating on social media since this morning, with the public reacting angrily to the mob’s outrage.
The case comes at a time when the issue of violence against women has resurfaced in the country following the recent killings of Noor Muqaddam and Qarat al-Ain.
A video went viral on social media this month showing six people harassing a couple in Islamabad, forcing them to take off their clothes at gunpoint and committing indecent acts. The couple tried to ridicule him verbally and physically.