Man arrested in Lahore for selling sex toys

Published: February 15, 2017
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LAHORE: A positive vibration may be going through conservative elements of the country as a day after the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine’s Day, a man has been arrested in Lahore for selling sex toys.

People in the bustling Chauburji area were ‘bemused’ to see the man waving about his wares in broad daylight.

In his own words, Farmanul Haq, 25, a BCom student at a private college, had allegedly been in the business for “a while” and was “earning handsome profits”, far more than he would in “any other business”.

Sex toys ‘safer’ than kids toys

On Tuesday – which was also Valentine’s Day – Haq was standing in the parking space of a private bank in the market area with his wares visible to passersby when some citizens noticed and called the police.

“He had come here to sell one toy to a male customer for which he had was demanding Rs4,000 … these were his own words when the police caught him red-handed,” a source said.

In the complainant, SI Muhammad Asif submitted that Haq has been living in the Samanabad area and selling sex toys for around six months.

He said the suspect had told them that his supplier was based in Karachi and that he has no local supply chain in Lahore.

Haq also told the police that he sold batteries and other necessary accessories required for “smooth operation” of the toys.

Asif said the FIR has additional significance because it is the first case regarding the sale of such products that has been registered in Lahore. He added that the office of the Operations DIG had also contacted him about the FIR and he had informed them that it was registered due to violations of sections 292-C and 293 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The punishment for offences under Section 292-C (sale of obscene material) is a jail term of three months, while Section 293 (sale of obscene objects to a young person) carries a prison sentence of up to six months.

The complainant also admitted to being part of a network of other vendors in the city, Asif said, adding that investigations are being carried out in this regard and they will catch anyone involved in “this obscene business”.

Police start proceedings against ‘touchy’ cops

The investigation officer (IO) of the case told The Express Tribune that the suspect had been produced before a judicial magistrate, where the judge sent him to jail on judicial remand.

When asked why the young student may have gotten involved in the trade of contraband, the IO said that the suspect claimed that it was the first time he had done anything like this and tried to get out with an apology.

He said that police recovered 31 toys, two of which the accused was holding at the time of the arrest, while the rest were in a backpack hanging over his shoulder. The items were in multiple colours and 24 batteries were also recovered from the suspect, the IO added.

Haq told The Express Tribune that he had gotten into the trade through social media and that it was his first job. He said he gets orders on a cell phone and would then deliver the items to his customers.

When asked if there was any tie to Valentine’s Day, he said there was not, explaining he was just there to make a delivery to a customer who had placed an order much earlier.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    Feb 15, 2017 - 8:50PM

    Now Desi liberals will conduct a Stike in the Favoure of this Person. Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 15, 2017 - 9:17PM

    These are used in the privacy of ones own home. Do you need mullahs telling you what you can and can’t do in your bedroom?Recommend

  • k
    Feb 15, 2017 - 9:40PM

    @Mirza Asif Baig:
    it is not anybody’s right to look into others bedroom/personal matters, its individual choice. it is called freedom of choice. i am in manila right now & contacted by many trans womens for dates on tinder. I refused just because its my individual choice but should those women be arrested? Be mature, free and pragmatic.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Feb 15, 2017 - 9:55PM

    What about the CD shops in Rainbow center openly selling x-rated movies and clips?Recommend

  • Vaibhav
    Feb 15, 2017 - 10:44PM

    All these sex toys are manufacturing in China’s Shenzhen area.Recommend

  • ali
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:23AM

    sometimes publishing a news helps the issue to promote it silently. It’s not necessary to print such news. There are also some responsibilities on print media to understand whether the news give positive or negative impact. They are not only just care of publishing the news.Recommend

  • NAMASTE
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:33AM

    well does anyone arrest the big wish involved in prostitution where they supply young boys and girls to the rich and “reputed” members of the society?
    i think this guy selling these objects is better than those selling out humanity Recommend

  • Abdul Hafeez
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:42AM

    good lad… liberals you have won……… good. today, you are selling so-clled toys to elites and liberal kids, enjoing valentine day when millions of peolpe are suffering starvation. i believe tomorrow you would take liberals to street for Gay Pride Parade like that of Europeans and say its their chioce…….. oh good lad you liberals have won…….Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 16, 2017 - 1:56AM

    @Khan:
    You are right mate!! Its no one’s business in my bedroom whatever I do . Recommend

  • Hamood
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:08AM

    Well done police. These toys are more important than catching terrorists who kill innocents.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:59AM

    @k:
    Wrong ! Me and Big Bro gotta see !Recommend

  • Khwaja
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:20AM

    Let’s catch the buyers ….Especially of they are men and then double punish them Recommend

  • Kurt Schwitters
    Feb 16, 2017 - 6:09AM

    What’s the big deal? So the bloke sells personal appliances. So what? Grow up, people.Recommend

  • saj
    Feb 16, 2017 - 6:49AM

    In a country where there were three bomb blasts in one day, why is police wasting time catching someone selling sex toys. Misplaced priorities. Recommend

  • ibrahim jh
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:09AM

    All of these nasty things be it a cd or now these toys got there business first in Karachi and than from Lahore before launching to other major cities. Why are the authorities there keep their eyes shut and only citizen has to intervene and tell them that it is not acceptable.
    The authorities at airport or seaport need to show their sense of duty to keep sucht selling these things to our younger generation. Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:26AM

    CPEC will be game changer for Pakistan. Soon these toys will be manufactured in Chinese Industrial Zones. Have fun..Recommend

  • Ruby
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:39AM

    He said that police recovered 31 toys, two of which the accused was holding at the time of the arrest, while the rest were in a backpack hanging over his shoulder. The items were in multiple colours and 24 batteries were also recovered from the suspect, the IO added.

    If only police in our countries are this detail oriented in terrorism, graft and murder cases…Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:29AM

    @Ruby:
    Thanks for the specificationsRecommend

  • Thora Bora
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:07PM

    The custom, culture, law and religion not allow to sell toysRecommend

  • SM
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:39PM

    @Mirza Asif Baig: go look up the meaning of ‘liberal’Recommend

  • kilo
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:51PM

    Report does not say what kind of toys was he selling…may be they are not sex toys at all and only over worked imagination! Josh saab wrote in his autobiography that in his younger years, even certain type of vegetable was considered obscene and not allowed to enter in shurufaa’ s homes.
    It must be cut into pieces (with sharp knife) before allowing in zannan khana.

    I would say, let the poor guy sell his ware and let people make whatever they want to make of it.Recommend

  • Muhammad Bashir Raja
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:54PM

    he should be given severe punishmentRecommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:58PM

    More than sex accessories, it is the right kind of sex education that is important particularly for upcoming generations. This is essential also in order to develop a healthy attitude towards sex. First of all let’s learn and try to teach healthy ways about one’s own sexuality and physical relationship between husband and wife. There was a survey conducted sometime back which revealed that very small percentage of people in Pakistan, married and single, knew about right outlook about sex from health, psychological, societal and physical points of view. Toys, meanwhile, should be enjoyed by nations who evolved healthy ways of looking at sex several years ago….Recommend

  • Milind
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:23PM

    @ Abdul Hafeez – ” you are selling so-clled toys to elites and liberal kids”

    elites and liberal kids??? I bet the not-so-elite would also be buying these or interested in buying it. Stop this stupidity.. As it is your countrymen seem to be getting desperate, with that google’s top porn searchers reveal…. this is a private matter.Recommend

  • Farah
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:20PM

    He ain’t doing any harm to the society is he?. At the end it all comes to the choice who wanna buy them or not. Far more worse atrocities are committed in our society than this. Recommend

  • Slave
    Feb 16, 2017 - 5:49PM

    Wish we have our culture and ideology back. O people fighting against the rules and injunctions of Islam is fighting against Allah The Creator. If you think you can win then re-think. Allah please save this ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him). Recommend

  • rock
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:13PM

    Police destroyed many people lusty feeling lolRecommend

  • Dr Zahoorul Haq
    Feb 16, 2017 - 9:40PM

    @SM:
    For example: animals are “liberals” as they don’t obey any rules, culture or religion and do whatever they like.Recommend

  • Hafeez
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:25PM

    It was unethical to sell such things in public. If anyone orders or uses it in private, nobody should have any problem with thatRecommend

  • k
    Feb 17, 2017 - 5:13PM

    @Dr Zahoorul Haq:
    not a religious expert but correct me if i am wrong, Even Animals, Birds, Fish are Muslim, coz they are obeying the life decided by Allah(swt). And that is the definition of being Muslim that you have to submit your will to Allah(swt). Correct me mate if i am wrong.
    Regards; A Bharatiya From ManilaRecommend

  • Khan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 6:28PM

    @Slave:
    A culture is defined by the customs of a society in any given time .. for example thousands of years ago our customs were totally different when we were living in caves but changed with passage of time. We were there for many hundred thousand years before any religion arrived to shape our cultures and behavior.
    Before 1970’s we were selling alcohol openly and were much more humanist, progressive and liberal than lets say after Zia happened, the flip again happened during BB’s era and once again during Musharraf’s regime hence our customs and culture are never set in stone.
    @k:
    Few months back watched a program on Nat Geo .. they were investigating a case of dead female Elephant .. apparently the culprit was a male elephant who was trying to [email protected] and kill them. Recommend

  • Abdul jabbar
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:22PM

    @Khan:
    When mullah is responsible and has duty when you came in this world to make azan in your ears.this mullah told your father to get you khatna. This mullahas to perform your nikah when you need life partner..And above this mullah will pray your last prayer to lay you down in the grave. So you have to follow him otherwise think your destiny after death.Recommend

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