A seventeen-year-old youth opened fire on his brother’s wife after watching a video of her with her lover.
According to police officials, Chak 23/10R resident Qasim shot and killed his sister-in-law after he was sent a viral video of her with another man. Qasim was arrested by Khanewal police on Saturday morning and told police officials that he was sent the viral video on his cell phone. “I received a video text message and it clearly showed my brother’s wife with someone else. That is why I shot her”, Qasim told police, while in custody. Qasim’s brother Haneef said that he had not received any such video. “I do not know why my brother did what he did. There is no video,” he said.
Kach Kho Station House Officer Murtaza Shah said “We have seen the video and Qasim said that his brother wanted the case to be dropped. He has not brought any charges against his brother for his wife’s murder and said he knew nothing,” he added.
Local residents in Khanewal said that three other women in the area had also been publicly humiliated after residents accused them of spreading vulgarity in the district. “Last week two women were paraded around the village and their faces were blackened. We discovered that a sex tape of the women had been sent to their family,” said Chak 21 resident Mubeen Alvi.
Police officials said that they had investigated the matter and discovered that a local landlord Jameel Khan had been involved in blackmailing women in the area after recording videos of them with hidden cameras. “Khan used to record sex tapes of couples and has placed secret cameras in several motels and dhaaba’s around the area. He then began blackmailing people for money and when they couldn’t pay up he sent their videos to their families,” SHO Shah said.
Jameel’s servant Bahadur admitted that Khan used to receive a monthly sum from the people he was blackmailing. “He was getting money from at least seven people and they never failed to pay because they were terrified that he would release the videos. He said he would keep their secret for as long as they kept up payments,” he said. Bahadur said that a week ago, Haroon’s wife was unable to pay him the amount and he released the video two days later. “He also released several videos on the internet,” police officials said.
SHO Shah has arrested Jameel and Qasim. “We have seized all of Jameel’s computers and CDs. The memory cards and materials will be destroyed and a case has been registered against both men,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2011.