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Policemen involved in humiliating couple remanded

SUKKUR: The court of Second Civil Judge of Gambat on Monday remanded for 14 days the policemen who had allegedly been involved in forcing a couple to parade naked on a street in the city. The incident had taken place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered the Sindh Inspector-General of Police to take action against the policemen involved in the incident. The president also asked the elected representatives of Gambat to investigate the incident and report to him.

Earlier, the police took into custody SHO Khair Muhammed Samejo, ASIs Ghulam Akber Khaskheli, Ameer Ali Shar and Rahim Bakhsh Jamro as well as Constables Abdul Latif Junejo and Ghulam Raza Sial and shifted them to the Khairpur Central Jail.It has also been alleged that the accused SHO had also made a video of the couple to further humiliate them.

Meanwhile, the girl who had been victimised by the police has demanded of the government to give her justice and award severe punishment to the accused. The trader involved in the incident, Mumtaz Mallah, alleged that the Station House Officer had demanded Rs500,000 from him, and when he refused to pay, the SHO, along with 20 other policemen, conducted a raid on his house and forced him and a woman guest of his to go out onto the street naked. The SHO had also filmed their humiliation.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan had demanded of the government to give severe punishment to the policemen behind the inhuman incident. Besides the HRCP, representatives of the civil society have also regretted such an inhuman act by the Khairpur police, saying that it appeared as if there existed no system of checks and balances on the police.

They recalled the case in which dogs had been let loose on a woman accused of having illicit relations three years ago in Khairpur. They said they had hardly recovered from the shock of that case when the extremely humiliating incident happened in Gambat.

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