24 men had been taken into custody through geo-fencing and matching record from National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for harassing and assaulting a female TikToker and her companions at Lahore’s Greater Iqbal Park on the country’s Independence day.
Earlier, a Pakistani woman TikToker had alleged that she was “attacked” by hundreds of people while she was filming a video on 14 August, Pakistan’s Independence Day, in Lahore.
In her complaint, the woman said that she was filming a video near the Minar-e-Pakistan with six companions, when a crowd of around 300-400 people attacked them. “People were scaling the enclosure,” to assault the group, the woman said. She alleged that her clothes were torn and she was tossed into the air by the crowd.
The incident had drawn police attention after videos of the episode went viral and sparked outrage on social media.
In a post on Twitter, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said on Friday that said “more arrests are expected today” in connection with the “condemnable” incident.
She said a police inquiry was also underway against alleged negligence of police officers in the assault case.
Minutes later, following a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and other senior officials, the provincial police chief said senior police officers had been suspended for negligence and delayed response in dealing with the incident.
“We have suspended SHO and SDPO whereas Divisional SP, SSP Operations and DIG Operations Lahore have been removed from their posts,” Inspector General Inam Ghani wrote on Twitter.
Ghani said “strict departmental action will be taken once inquiry committee submits its detailed report on the role and response of other officers.”
On Aug 17, the Lorry Adda police had registered a case against nearly 400 suspects for harassing and assaulting a woman at Azadi Flyover.