Hashim Jawan Bakht, a minister in the government of Punjab in Pakistan, on Wednesday condemned the harassment of a female YouTuber in Lahore on the country’s Independence Day, calling it a “horrendous” incident and pledging the “full might” of the government will come down on those involved.
The incident happened on August 14, when hundreds of youngsters were celebrating the country’s Independence Day at the historic Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore. Clips from the incident show hundreds of men throwing the woman in the air, dragging her, tearing her clothes and molesting her.
Videos of the incident went viral on social media with people urging Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Esman Buzdar to take action.
“The full might of the Govt will come down upon those involved in the horrendous Lahore incident. Society is judged by its treatment of women and the freedom they have. This is not what Pakistan stands for. Ethos & civic sense are the founding blocks of nationhood #lahoreincident,” Bahkt, who is the Minister of Finance in the Punjab government, said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Lahore police have booked 400 people in connection with the incident, PTI reported. “After the videos went viral on Tuesday, the police approached the girl on the order of the high-ups and persuaded her to register FIR," PTI quoted a senior police official as saying.
In her complaint, the woman said that she and six members of her YouTube channel visited Azadi Chowk to record videos of the Independence Day celebrations. She also alleged that her cell phone, a gold ring, and cash worth PKR 150,000 were stolen from her.
“We were shooting the clip when a good number of youngsters started teasing me. They were joined by more and more. They tore my clothes and molested me. They dragged and tossed me up in the air for fun. They also beat my team members, and used abusive language,” she said.