Two suspects arrested in harassment as a result of FIR filed by Canada based model in Islamabad

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A Canadian model and humanitarian worker registered a case on Tuesday against two suspects for alleged sexual harassment and infringement of her rights.

A first information report registered at the Sihala police station quoted the woman, identified as Lahore-based Assma Galuta, saying she was in Bahria Town Phase 7 when two men in a car began “harassing me, telling me to get into the car”.

“When I told them to leave me alone, they started laughing. They blocked me from getting into my Uber and then followed my Uber from Bahria Town to Islamabad, trying to block the driver and even asking the driver for my drop-off location,” she stated.

Because they were following her, she said, she had to change her drop-off location and hide in a nearby mall until she thought they had gone. “Then I went to my AirBnB,” she said, adding that she had their vehicle details and a video of them as proof.

Two men were arrested in Islamabad on Thursday over their alleged sexual harassment of a Canadian expat.

Superintendent Police (SP) Rural Omer Khan said the suspects, identified as Hamza Sohail and Anas Kamran, were taken into custody and identified by Lahore-based model and humanitarian worker Assma Galuta, who had filed a case against them after the two began harassing her and telling her to get into their car in the Bahria Town Phase 7 area.

In the FIR filed on April 16, Galuta stated that when she asked them to leave her alone, they started laughing. She accused them of blocking her from getting into her Uber and then followed her from Bahria Town to Islamabad. They also tried to block the driver and asked him for his passenger’s drop-off location, the FIR said.

The suspects were booked under Sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment), 354 (assault or use of criminal force to woman and stripping her of her clothes), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The suspects’ car was taken into custody by police yesterday, SP Khan added.

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