In Pakistan, street harassment is perceived as a common issue, similarly, a horrific incident occurred recently where a TikToker named Ayesha Akram was harassed publically by a mob of men at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan.
The incident took place on Independence day and after three days of the incident, the video of Ayesha being insulted, assaulted, and harassed went viral on social media.
Soon a case was registered against 400 persons at the complaint of Ayesha Akram. 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.
According to Ayesha, she went along with friends just for fun and not for any video shooting purposes. As she is a well-known TikToker, people around her recognised her and gathered her all of a sudden. According to her, the accused not only tortured her but also tore down her clothes.
The mob also snatched phones, gold jewelry, and cash from the victim and her six companions. According to Lahore police, a case has been registered against 400 people. The suspects are being identified based on footage and other evidence, and arrests will be made soon.
Ayesha shared that her companions made a lot of effort to escape from the crowd, however, they failed miserably. “However, 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 was quoted as saying. Moreover, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar also took notice of the incident