The incident also raises several questions over women’s freedom and safety in Pakistan.
Netizens have also reacted with rage to a video of the incident, which was being circulated on social media.
According to Dawn, the complainant lodged an FIR at the Lorry Adda police station in connection with the incident.
The Lahore police on Tuesday registered a case against hundreds of unidentified persons for assaulting and stealing from a woman TikToker and her companions.
The shocking assault was captured on several videos, which went viral and showed a mob descend on the woman as she was in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal park making a TikTok video with friends.
In broad daylight, the men picked up the young woman and tossed her between them, tearing her clothes and assaulting and groping her.
She was stripped and her clothes were torn apart, as stated in the FIR.
The woman further revealed that she cried for help but no one came to her rescue.
The FIR was registered under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Sajid Kiyani, DIG Operations, Lahore has ordered the superintendent of police to take “immediate legal action” against the suspects in the incident.
Pakistani politicians and celebrities have slammed the incident
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman, PPP tweeted: “The assault of a young women by a mob at #minarepakistan should shame every Pakistani. It speaks to a rot in our society. Those responsible must be brought to justice. The women of Pakistan feel insecure and it is all our responsibility to ensure safety and equal rights to all.
Actor Mahira Khan also commented on the incident by saying, “I can’t believe what I just saw!!! I’ve said it before and I will say it again – make an example out of these men!” The actor also added, “Damn I’m sorry.. I keep forgetting – it was Her fault!! Poor 400 men.. they couldn’t help it.”
Actor and producer Adnan Siddiqui urged, “Now that we hav a plethora of evidence of what unfolded at #minarepakistan Can we finally see our police in action by putting those men responsible for this gruesome act behind the bars? Is this too much to ask for our women? #400men #lahoreincident #needanswers #protectourwomen“
In a similar incident in June, an elderly woman was subjected to torture and sexual assault by influential people in Punjab’s Mazaffargarh to avenge her son’s love marriage.
According to police, the incident took place within the limits of Alipur Police Station in Fatehpur, where Nasir’s in-laws, who were enraged over his love marriage to their daughter, kidnapped, tortured and tried to rape his mother.
The accused not only tortured the 50-year-old woman but also tore down her clothes, dragged her and burned her half-naked body with cigarette butts.
Women’s Life in Pakistan
Women who have been fighting against violence and Pakistan’s patriarchal system have faced attacks and abuse and been slapped with false blasphemy and vulgarity charges.
Pakistan is the sixth most dangerous country in the world for women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Karachi-based organisation War Against Rape estimated that less than 3% of rape cases lead to convictions.