the men began beating the four women
Police have arrested five Pakistani men on charges of assaulting, stripping and filming four women in Faisalabad’s Bawa Chak Market.
The men were arrested on December 6, 2021.
Faisalabad City Police Officer (CPO) Dr Mohammad Abid Khan later said that raids were being conducted for further arrests.
He added that the culprits would be given strict punishment.
The matter came to light when a video of the incident surfaced online.
An FIR was subsequently registered at Millat Town Police Station against four men.
The men were identified as Saddam, the owner of Usman Electric Store, his employees Faisal and Zaheer Anwar, and Faqeer Hussain, the owner of a sanitary products’ shop.
One of the victims also filed a complaint against 10 unidentified suspects.
The suspects were charged under sections 354-A (assault or use of criminal force against a woman and stripping her), 509 (insulting modesty or causing sexual harassment), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR stated that the victim, a rubbish collector, went to Bawa Chak Market with three other women at around 10:30 pm.
She told police that they went into Usman Electric Store for a drink.
They asked for some water from Saddam. However, he began shouting at them, accusing them of entering his shop with the intention of stealing.
The other suspects heard shouting and entered the shop.
According to the FIR, the men began beating the four women, tore off their clothes and dragged them through the market.
The FIR said:
“They continued to beat us for around an hour and made our videos in naked condition.”
Later, the victims’ family members arrived at the market.
They, along with some members of the public, pleaded with the suspects to let the women go.
In the FIR, the complainant said:
“The suspects committed gross injustice by stripping us, dragging us through the market and torturing us and strict action should be taken against them.”
According to the Punjab Police, two of the suspects were arrested on December 6 and three were arrested on December 7, 2021.
In a tweet, the police said: “All aspects of the incident are being investigated.”
While the five Pakistani men remain in custody, police are working to identify any other potential suspects.