LAHORE: Punjab Police on Wednesday said that they were examining mobile phone video clips and surveillance camera footages to identify the culprits involved in the mob assault on a TikToker girl at Minar e Pakistan on the Independence Day.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the incident and ordered arrest of all the culprits at the earliest possible time. Police said that hundreds of men gathered at the monumental building assaulted, groped and tossed the woman in the air. Videos of the incident went viral on August 17 on social media.
The victim has been identified as Aisha daughter of Muahmmed Akram, resident of Shahdra area in Lahore. A case has been filed at Lorry Adda police station. The girl has nominated 300-400 unidentified persons in the FIR and said that her mobile phone worth Rs25,000, Rs15,000 cash money and one tola gold jewellery worth 0.1 million rupees were also snatched during the incident.
The Lahore Commissioner said as soon as the incident was reported, action was immediately taken. “Response of police has been outstanding. We will follow the case and use all state machinery to ensure that those involved get punished as per law,” he tweeted.
He also said law must prevail in order to stop such incidents from happening in the future. “Also, we are working on a plan to launch a massive drive with the help of religious and social sector to highlight teachings of Islam towards humanity, women rights and tolerance,” he added.
While, Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht said the full might of the government would come down upon those involved in the horrendous Lahore incident. “Society is judged by its treatment of women and the freedom they have. This is not what Pakistan stands for. Ethos and civic sense are the founding blocks of nationhood,” he said.
Amnesty International (South Asia) has also demanded action against the perpetrators.