Women paraded naked in Pak village over prostitution charges
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 18:42
Lahore: Three women were forced by a mob to parade naked at a village in Pakistan's Punjab province after being accused of running a brothel, local residents said today.

A group of angry people attacked the house of the women in Chak Jamber Kalan, located 65 km from here, after accusing them of being involved in prostitution. The mob then dragged the women, aged between 28 and 35, out of their home and forced them to walk naked on a key thoroughfare on Sunday.

Afzal Ansari, a local journalist, said the mob also painted the women's faces black and cut their hair before humiliating them in public.

He said the mob wanted to make an example of the women "for their sins" so that no one would dare to run a brothel in the village.

The women were later handed over to police, he said.

A local police officer, Bashir Ahmed, said the women were involved in prostitution and had been running a brothel for the past three years. He, however, did not confirm that they were paraded naked.

"When the villagers handed over the women to us, they were properly clothed," he said. Asked why a case has not been registered against the people who had ransacked the women's home, Ahmed said there had been no complaint in this regard.

The three have been booked for their alleged involvement in prostitution and were produced yesterday in a local court, which granted them bail.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 18:42

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