A woman filming a TikTok video in Pakistan was sexually abused by the crowd who ripped her clothes. It was stated that before the woman was sexually assaulted, her jewelry, money and phone were also extorted. Police announced that 66 people were detained.
The horrific incident occurred on 14 August, Pakistan’s independence day, but was not reported until a few days later. Police said days later that while filming a TikTok video, a woman was sexually assaulted, thrown into the air and her clothes torn.
The police station confirmed that a total of 66 suspects have been identified so far and taken for questioning, and two police officers have been suspended for alleged negligence in the incident.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, said she was shooting at a park in the city of Lahore on Saturday, when a crowd of 400 hundred attacked her and was attacked by hundreds of men. A few people tried to help me, but the crowd was huge and they kept throwing me in the air.
The news about the incident caused reaction and anger in Pakistan. It has raised questions about women’s freedom and safety in a country where there are regular reports of aggression and violence against women. Women’s rights organizations demanded that the perpetrators be caught and sentenced to the maximum penalty.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, said the incident should “shame every Pakistani who points to a corruption in our society”.
Video of the incident went viral on social media, with Pakistani users demanding legal action and even the death penalty against the men involved.