A woman and her teenaged daughter were stripped and paraded naked by the sons of a landlord over a land dispute on Saturday, witnesses and the women said.
Nazeera Bibi, a daily wage labourer, had registered a case against the men.
Nazeera Bibi’s family owned a small parcel of land in Nahaalay Wala in Khanewal district. The land had been given to her by the landlord. A few days ago, the landlord’s sons ordered Nazeera to vacate the land. When she refused to do so, they destroyed the crops and ransacked their home on July 24.
Nazeera Bibi lodged a complaint with Abdul Hakeem police against five suspects.
On Saturday, the suspects learnt about the FIR and once again arrived at Nazeera Bibi’s home.
According to witnesses, they first beat up Nazeera Bibi and her 16-year-old daughter Maryam and then tore off their clothes.
The mother and daughter told The Express Tribune that they were paraded naked in the streets.
Some villagers informed Abdul Hakeem police, who reached the area and rescued the women.
However, their tormentors escaped from the area.
Abdul Hakeem SHO Rizwan Khan told The Express Tribune that an FIR had been registered against five men and their seven unidentified accomplices.
“We have arrested two suspects, who we believe were protecting the criminals,” he said.
Ahmed Bakhsh Ijaz, one of the men nominated in the FIR, told The Express Tribune that his family had not given any land to Nazeera Bibi. He said she had just occupied it. He denied the allegations levelled by Nazeera Bibi.
*Names have been changed to protect identities
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.