Police have recognized the person who harassed and forcibly kissed a lady close to Lahore’s Higher Iqbal Park, Punjab authorities spokesperson Fayyazul Hassan Chohan mentioned Saturday.

Nonetheless, Lahore police are but to arrest the offender, Geo Information reported. A case has been registered on the Lari Adda police station on the station home officer’s (SHO) criticism, after police have been proven a video of the incident which went viral on social media.

The Punjab authorities’s spokesperson, chatting with Geo Information, mentioned IG Punjab Inam Ghani had briefed him on the matter. 

Quoting Ghani, he mentioned {that a} particular crew had been arrange for the case — which is able to use all obtainable trendy, scientific strategies to determine the criminals.

“In a day or two, we are going to hint them, and afterward, may even make arrests,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Chohan mentioned he couldn’t affirm whether or not the felony concerned had been arrested, nonetheless, he assured the nation that the person has been recognized utilizing CCTV cameras.

“An instance will likely be made out of this morally unrestrained man in order that subsequent time no individual will dare harass a lady — who is perhaps a mom, daughter, or sister — in Punjab,” Chohan mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned the provincial authorities wouldn’t present “any negligence to arrest the individual” concerned within the heinous act.

The FIR

Based on the FIR, the incident befell on Round Highway, close to gate no 1 of Higher Iqbal Park, in direction of Chand Chowk.

The FIR estimates 10-12 “morally unrestrained” males on board bikes to have harassed two ladies sitting on board a Qingqi rickshaw, with a baby seated in between them.

The video reveals the motorcyclists hounding the rickshaw, catcalling and leering on the ladies, moreover making obscene gestures, acknowledged the FIR.

“One of many males, carrying a white shirt and blue denims, jumped onto the rickshaw to forcibly kiss one of many ladies on her cheek and in addition tried to tear her garments off,” it famous.

The opposite males, in the meantime, have been continually “hooting, catcalling, and leering on the ladies and making obscene gestures”.

The video additionally reveals one of many ladies taking her slipper off and threatening to hit a motorcyclist with it. The lady who was harassed, at one time limit, will get extraordinarily upset and tries to depart the rickshaw in despair however is stopped from doing so by her companion.

The case has been registered beneath Sections 354 (assault or felony drive to girl with intent to outrage her modesty), 511 (punishment for trying to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for all times or for ashorter time period), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 509 (ii) (phrase, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a lady), 147 (punishment for rioting), and 149 (each member of illegal meeting responsible of offence dedicated in prosecution of widespread object) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, responding to the incident, ordered the provincial police chief to submit a report and catch the culprits on the earliest.

The incident comes at a time when Pakistanis, particularly ladies, are already on edge after the video clip of a lady being assaulted and harassed on the Minar-e-Pakistan on Independence Day went viral on social media.

The lady, a feminine TikTok star, mentioned males groped her, beat her, and tossed her into the air for two-and-a-half hours.

The police at the moment mentioned they’ve arrested 66 individuals over their alleged involvement within the assault on the feminine TikToker.

Deputy Inspector Normal (Investigations) Shariq Jamal mentioned that they’ve questioned over 300 individuals within the case up to now. Of these, over 100 individuals have been taken into custody for additional questioning, the police officer mentioned, including that their whereabouts that day have been traced utilizing geo-fencing and face matching.

A case has been registered in opposition to 400 individuals in whole.

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