Five accused in the Minar-e-Pakistan sexual assault case have been identified by the survivor, while three have confessed to the crime. Lahore police Thursday issued an update on the case.
A total of 104 men were arrested for assaulting TikToker Ayesha Akram in front of Minar-e-Pakistan on Independence Day.
The suspects identified by the woman include Shehryar, Mehran, Abid, Arsalan, Sajid, Iftikhar and others. The survivor had told the police that 12 to 15 men were involved in the assault.
In case more men are arrested, the police said, the woman will be asked to identify them. Further, the police claimed to have video evidence of 96 suspects. As for the suspects not identified by the survivor, a court will decide whether they are to be released.
The sexual assault of a woman by more than 400 men came to the fore when a video from the incident went viral on social media. Following social media uproar, an FIR was registered against hundreds of unknown persons for molesting a woman at Minar-e-Pakistan and stealing from her and her companions.
Registered at the Lorry Adda police station, the FIR included 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.