Inspector General Punjab Police, Inam Ghani, has taken notice of another outrageous case of harassment of a girl on the eve of Independence Day in Lahore.
On Friday, a video of the few men riding motorbikes and harassing the girls who were traveling at the back of the Qingqi rickshaw had gone viral on social media. The video showed a man jumped on the rickshaw and tried to kiss the girl. While other men riding motorbikes laughed made videos of the women and catcalled the girls. The video showed none of them tried to stop or catch the man as she ran away.
The girls were left shocked while another girl took off her slippers to beat the man. However, he ran away. The incident is reported just a day after the harassment of TikToker Ayesha Kamran at Minar-e-Pakistan on 14th August.
آئی جی پنجاب نے سی سی پی او لاہور سے اس واقعہ کی رپورٹ طلب کی ہے اور سیف سٹی کیمروں کی مدد سے ملزم کو شناخت کر کے گرفتار کرنے کے احکامات جاری کر چکے ہیں#PunjabPolice #LahoreIncident pic.twitter.com/5kdGkNJF98
— Punjab Police Official (@OfficialDPRPP) August 20, 2021
The video has been making rounds on social media since yesterday. Calls have been made to arrest the culprit. IG Punjab has directed the Capital City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar to submit a report on the incident. He also issued orders to identify the suspect through Safe City cameras and arrest him.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari has confirmed Police have arrested 24 men after identifying them through gen-fencing and matching records from National Database and Registration Authority. The minister said that more arrests are possible in connection with the incident.
Police had come into action on Tuesday after videos of Ayesha Kamran, a TikToker, went viral on social media earlier this week.
IG Ghani has informed that senior police officers have been suspended regarding the negligence and delayed response in dealing with the incident.
In her FIR, the complainant had said that she along with her six companions were filming the video when the group of men attacked them. She said she along with her group made a lot of efforts to escape but could not.
“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.