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Five arrested in Pakistan after women stripped, beaten in market

Islamabad Police in Pakistan have arrested five men who publicly stripped and filmed four women, a possible incident of vigilantism that triggered a national outcray after the video went viral on social media. The incident took place in the Faisalabad district of Punjab, the country’s industrial hub, on Tuesday. A group of shopkeepers stripped and dragged four women through a busy market while beating them, amid allegations of shoplifting.“We have arrested five men on charges of assaulting, stripping and filming four women,” a spokesperson for Faisalabad police told dpa on Wednesday. Punishment for assault or use of criminal force to women and stripping her of clothes, under Pakistan’s penal code, is “death” penalty or imprisonment for life. A case has been registered under the relevant provisions of the law, the spokesperson said. (Agencies)

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