Instant karma: Woman of 'privilege' gets Twitter grief, police case for insulting traffic cop

Published: November 27, 2019
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She was outraged at being stopped for breaking a traffic signal on DHA's Khayaban-e- Shahbaz.SCREENGRAB: TWITTER

She was outraged at being stopped for breaking a traffic signal on DHA's Khayaban-e- Shahbaz.SCREENGRAB: TWITTER

A case has been registered against a woman who misbehaved with a traffic policeman after she was pulled over for violating a traffic signal in Karachi’s upscale Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area.

The police report, or FIR, was registered on Wednesday at the Darakhshan Police Station on behalf of Sub Inspector Nawaz Siyal against an unidentified woman.

The development came about after the video went viral on social media, particularly over the last 24 hours, with micro-blogging website Twitter abuzz with questions about the sense of entitlement and disregard for the rule of law exhibited by those born with the privilege of affluence.

In the video, recorded by the traffic cop, the female motorist can be seen resorting to uncouth language as well as threatening the cop after he stopped her for running a red light.

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The situation escalated quickly after the cop told the woman, reportedly driving without a licence, that she was liable to be fined. “I will break your face” was one of the responses that was caught on tape.

“You just broke the law and on top of that you have the nerve to curse me… This car won’t move from here,” the officer can be seen saying.

In a wanton display of highhandedness, the woman responds: “Old man….know your place. (Apney auqat mein raho).”

She also didn’t pay heed to the repeated reminders by the traffic cop of paying the fine, and belittled him by saying: “All you people do is to beg for bribes.”

The video captured the licence plate of the car as well and according to the excise department’s website, it is registered to Pir Roshan Din Shah Rashdi. The FIR was reportedly sent to his house in Hyderabad.

Social media ire

The footage spread like wildfire on Twitter with users of the micro-blogging site calling for action to be taken against the woman.

Furqan Siddiqui, one user, called for legal action against the woman.

Her language and demeanour also aroused ire on social media, wit one Twitterati’s post calling for action against her being retweeted almost 500 times.

For some, the incident laid bare what they say is the entrenched sense of privilege of the country’s ruling elite.

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