‘Wolves’ strip married couple naked, harassed at gunpoint, in Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the case which has sent shocking waves across country

The case highlights the growing problem of gender-based violence in Pakistan.

By Our Starr Reporter

Islamabad: A gang of five to six people stripped a married couple naked and beat them up in Islamabad. As it was not enough, the gang filmed the incident and uploaded the video on social networking site, police said.

People across Pakistan sharply reacted to what happened to the helpless couple after film of incident went viral at internet. The film of threatening and stripping a young couple emerged on social media earlier this week.

The video, which reportedly showed the suspect in a room full of men assaulting the woman and man, has prompted widespread condemnation, with activists demanding strict punishment for the accused.

The incident highlighted the high level of gender-based violence in Pakistan, which regularly ranks poorly among on international surveys of gender-based violence.

The video showed “five to six men… keeping the victims in custody under gunpoint. The accused also stripped the man and the woman naked while threatening them,” according to the police report cited by Dawn, most credible newspaper in Pakistan.

Deputy Commissionaire Islamabad, Mr. Hamza Shafqat confirmed to Islamabad Telegraph that all accused have been arrested by the police.

“All the accused have been arrested following registration of FIR,” Hamza Shafqat told Islamabad Telegraph over telephone.

Islamabad police registered case in the Golra police station under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354A (assault or use of criminal force to woman and stripping her of her clothes), 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Pakistan Penal Code.

The case was registered on behalf of the state with SI Syed Asim Ghafar being the complainant.

The police said Usman Aziz, a resident of I-8, and the co-owner of a car showroom that deals with new and used cars and real estate, along with Hafizur Rehman and Farhan Shaheen Awan were arrested and produced in court from where they were given in police custody on physical remand.

The incident comes weeks after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan faced backlash for comments that appeared to put the blame for sexual abuse on women.

“If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots,” Khan said during an interview for documentary-news series Axios, aired by US broadcaster HBO. He proceeded to say that this was “common sense.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of an incident that transpired in the capital, where a couple was stripped and assaulted by an influential man and his accomplices.

Media reports stated that the prime minister telephoned IG Police Islamabad and sought details of the incident from him.

“The police should use all their energies to bring all the accused to justice and share the report with the PM Office,” he added.

Referring to the suspects, Usman Mirza and his accomplices, PM Khan said such people “don’t deserve concessions.”

Nida Kirmani, a Karachi-based feminist sociologist, said on Twitter that while she was glad the suspect was arrested, such crimes were underreported.

“Think about how many such videos are shared regularly; now think about what percentage of incidents get recorded; now about how many don’t have access to social media, and try and calculate how much violence is actually taking place,” she wrote.

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