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Case filed after Canadian woman harassed in Islamabad

April 17, 2019

Photo: Assma Galuta/Instagram

A Canadian model and humanitarian worker registered an FIR in Islamabad on Tuesday against two suspects for sexually harassing her.

The report was registered at the Sihala police station under sections of attempted illegal confinement, criminal intimidation and assault.

As explained in a video she posted on Wednesday, Asoomii Jay, also known as Assma Galuta, was waiting for an Uber when two men pulled up in a car and started cat-calling her in Rawalpindi’s Bahria Town Phase-VII.

Galuta was repeatedly told to get in their car. However, when she refused they followed her for the next two hours. The men also asked her Uber driver for her address.

Because they were following her, she said that she had to change her drop-off location and hide at 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. Galuta filed a complaint on the PM’s Citizens Portal.

Related: ‘Good morning’ texts are harassment: ombudsperson

Islamabad IG Amir Zulfiqar Khan took notice of the incident and directed the police to arrest the culprits within 24 hours.

State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi also commented on the case while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday. He said that respecting guests and tourists was every Pakistani’s religious, ethical and moral obligation. He requested youngsters to uphold the honour of the country. He also said whoever breaks the law will be penalized.

Galuta had been married to a Pakistani man since 2018 and is currently visiting the country to raise awareness about social injustices relating to Afghan refugees.

The Sihala police station muharrar, Tanveer Raza, told SAMAA Digital that teams are out to arrest the suspects.

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2 Comments

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    Asma   April 19, 2019 6:08 am/ Reply

    U,r,so cute..yes there r some weird mentality men living here in society but not all. May Allah save u and all .welcome to Pakistan.it has beauty in it

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    Sahil   April 19, 2019 11:55 am/ Reply

    Feeling ashamed… For such a behaviour with a foreigner in our country… Those rascals have given a very bad experience to this lady… And meliorated the image of pakistan in all over the world… What she is going to tell her country men that pakistani is not a safe country… They will be following u if u r a girl.. They will go on eve teasing… So sad

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