Pakistan: Couple Harassment Case

Pakistan: Couple Harassment Case
Usman Mirza is one of six suspects arrested in the case so far. — Photo via Twitter

It has been reported by the “Dawn” news website that an incident took place in Islamabad, Pakistan, with a video showing a group of men, led by the Usman Mirza (the key suspect), forcing a couple to strip and beating them up. It is further reported by the ARY news website that Usman Mirza and his accomplices extorted over PKR 1.1 million from the couple after filming them for two and half hours.

Moreover, the ‘first investigation report’ (FIR) was registered on July 6 on behalf of the sub-inspector Syed Asim Ghafar, after which some of the suspects were traced and arrested. 

The case was registered under numerous sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), namely: “punishment for wrongful restraint”; “assault or use of criminal to force a woman and stripping her of her clothes”; “punishment for criminal intimidation”; “word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman”. In the latest development, Islamabad Police Deputy Inspector General (Operations) stated that further sections from the PPC had been added to the case, including rape, extortion etc.

The officials have further stated that scores of similar videos were recovered from the mobile phones of the suspects and were accordingly being examined to identify the people abused by them.