Police have released 155 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the sexual assault of a YouTuber girl on Independence Day in historic Minar-i Pakistan after the victim and her team members failed to identify them during an identification parade, a Punjab government said the officer on Tuesday.
The incident, which sparked national outcry and was condemned internationally, took place on August 14 as hundreds of young people celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day in Azadi Chowk near Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore.
Viral videos circulating on social media show hundreds of young men throwing the girl in the air for fun, dragging her, tearing her clothes and harassing her.
Politicians from all sides and members of civil society have strongly condemned what many of them called ‘sexual terrorism’. Lahore Police had registered a case against 400 unidentified men for assaulting the girl and her companions, and later arrested 161 people in the case.
“The identification parade of 161 arrested suspects was conducted in the Lahore camp prison in recent days under the supervision of a magistrate. The girl and her team members (could) identify only six suspects, after which the police told the magistrate that 155 suspects were no longer in this case. and then they were released from prison,” a Punjab government official told PTI on Tuesday.
The six suspects identified by the girl have been remanded in custody until September 9, he said.
Some suspects claimed in court that the girl herself invited them to make videos in Minar-i-Pakistan and that she was responsible for what had happened to her.
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