A female local leader in the Pakistan Muslim League party was sexually harassed by a group of men on Tuesday according to a video shared by local Pakistani media.
The incident occurred in the city of Pattoki in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, after the party’s newly elected interim president Shehbaz Sharif addressed a crowd of people.
According to the Tribune, the woman was cursed, shoved and injured following the Punjab chief minister’s speech.
The victim called on the party’s newly elected president to take action against the men who harassed her, adding that this is not the first rally that she has attended, the newspaper reported.
With reference to the incident @ Pattoki jalsa today where a woman was harassed and manhandled, Police has registered a case FIR No. 114/18 under sections 354/294/341/506/147/149 PPC PS City Pattoki against all those accused. One of the accused Mohsin has been arrested so far. pic.twitter.com/l5drviqKGT— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) February 27, 2018
The Government of Punjab announced on their official Twitter account that one of the harassers, identified as Mohsin, was arrested. They added that there are ongoing raids to catch the rest of the perpetrators.
Punjab officials condemned the incident, including Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and the Muslim League party’s spokesperson who said that strict action will be taken against those involved in the assault.