Committee Formed to Investigate Harassment Case

Inspector General (IG) Punjab Inam Ghani has formed a three-member high-level committee to investigate the August 14 incident wherein a woman was harassed in Greater Iqbal Park.

According to an order issued by the IG Police Office, a three-member committee headed by Additional IG Safe City Authority Sardar Ali Khan has been set up, comprising DIG Internal Accountability Bureau Punjab Muhammad Yousuf Malik and AIG Logistics Punjab Athar. Ismail Amjad is also part of the committee.

The order directed the committee to fully investigate the case and submit a report to the IG Punjab by August 22.

Three Terms of Reference (TORs) have been mentioned in the order, according to which the committee will look into every angle of the incident in detail.

The committee will investigate how many security personnel were deployed at the Greater Iqbal Park that day, the police reaction when the incident occurred, and the reason for a delay in registration of an FIR. Those responsible will also be determined.

The committee will also determine the Lahore police officials who showed negligence in dealing with the situation before, during, and after the incident.

The head of the inquiry committee may call for any records, evidence, or witnesses during the investigation. The incident took place on August 14 when the woman and her colleagues were filming near Minar-e-Pakistan.

According to the woman, she was harassed by hundreds of people in the Greater Iqbal Park. She and her companions tried their best to avoid the crowd and the security guard present, after viewing the circumstances, opened the door near Minar-e-Pakistan.

“The number of attackers was very high. People were pushing me and they tore my clothes. Many people tried to help me but the crowd was huge,” she said.

The woman further said that her ring and earrings were also stolen in the chaos while one of her companions lost their mobile phone, identity card, and Rs 15,000.

The case was registered at the Lorry Adda police station in Lahore on August 17 after the victim put in a complaint.

The case is being prosecuted under Section 354A of the Pakistan Penal Code (assault on a woman or criminal use of force and tearing of clothes), 382 (theft with intent to kill, damage with intent to loot), 147 (riots), and 149 (Rioting armed with a deadly weapon).

Prime Minister Imran Khan had also taken notice of the incident and has contacted the Inspector General (IG) of Punjab Police.

Zulfi Bukhari, former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistan, said on social networking site Twitter that “Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken to IG Punjab about the incident”. 

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