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#MinarePakistan – Hundreds Assault Female TikToker On Independence Day

#MinarePakistan – Hundreds Assault Female TikToker On Independence Day

#MinarePakistan - Hundreds Assault Female TikToker On Independence Day

The recapture of Afghanistan by the Taliban may have put fear in the hearts of women about their freedom and basic existence, but the recent scenes from #MinarePakistan remind us that we are faring no better.

In a shocking incident, a female TikToker was assaulted by hundreds of people in Lahore, Pakistan. The Lahori Police on Tuesday registered a case against unidentified persons for assaulting and stealing from the victim and her companions at the city’s Greater Iqbal Park on Pakistan’s Independence Day.

The complainant, in the First Information Report (FIR), lodged at the Lorry Adda police station, said that she, along with her six companions, was filming a video near #MinarePakistan on Independence Day on Saturday when around 300 to 400 people “attacked” them, Dawn newspaper reported.

She and her companions made a lot of effort to escape from the mob but to no avail. “The crowd was huge and people were scaling the enclosure and coming towards us. People were pushing and pulling me to the extent that they tore my clothes. Several people tried to help me but the crowd was too huge and they kept throwing me in the air,” she said, adding that her companions were also assaulted.

The FIR was registered under Sections 354 A (assault or use of criminal force against woman and stripping her of her clothes), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to commit the theft), 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Lahore DIG (Operations) Sajid Kiywani has ordered the superintendent of police (SP) to take “immediate legal action” against the suspects involved in the incident, according to a report by the Dawn newspaper.

TikTok is quite popular in Pakistan with over 39 million downloads, but has been banned and restored multiple times in the country over accusations that the platform spreads ‘immorality’ and ‘obscenity’.

A video of the incident started circulating on social media with #MinarePakistan trending on Twitter and citizens expressed anger over the actions of the men in the video. The latest incident comes amid renewed focus on violence against women in Pakistan.

We ask ourselves again, till when will we continue to see such incidents where women are harassed for trying to be more independent and moving on with time. Till how long will the Taliban within us continue to rule every step taken by women in our community.

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