Four arrested for ‘beating, stripping and filming’ four women

Four arrested for ‘beating, stripping and filming’ four women

Monitoring Desk

FAISALABAD: Police have arrested five persons on charges of assaulting, striping and filming four women at the Bawa Chak Market of Faisalabad.
Regional Police Officer (RPO) Imran Mehmood and City Police Officer (CPO) Dr Abid Khan took serious notice of the incident and directed concerned police to immediately arrest the accused. Police said on Tuesday that accused Saddam, resident of Muslim Town, owner of an electric shop, suspected that four women beggars --Aasiya Bibi wife of Bahadur, Nasira, Saima Zafar and Nasira Khatoon attempted to steal some items from his shop.
The shopkeeper raised alarm and other shopkeepers also gathered there. The men misbehaved with the women, tore off their clothes, made videos and uploaded on social media.
The police arrested five accused--Saddam, Faisal, Zaheer, Muhammad Faqeer and Yousuf and started investigation after registering a case against them on the complaint of Aasiya Bibi, the spokesman added.
According to an FIR lodged with the Millat Town Police, the complainant, a garbage-picker, went to Bawa Chak Market with three other women to collect garbage on Monday at around 10:30am.
She told police that they were thirsty and went inside a shop, Usman Electric Store, and asked for a bottle of water from one of the suspects, Saddam, whom they identified as the owner of the shop. But Saddam began shouting at them, accusing them of entering his shop with the intention to steal, the FIR said, adding that other suspects also reached the shop upon hearing him shouting.
They began beating the four women, stripped them and dragged them through the market. “They continued to beat us for around an hour and made our videos in naked condition,” the FIR quoted the complainant as saying.
Later, some family members of the victims reached the market and passersby gathered at the spot who pleaded to the suspects to let the women go, according to the FIR.