He has yet to be arrestedA case was lodged in Sheikhupura on Wednesday against a man for harassing a bus hostess.After a video of the passenger threatening the hostess went viral on social media, the Punjab government took notice.The case was registered under sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force against a woman), 170 (impersonating a public official), 506 (threat to cause death or grievous hurt) and 509 (insulting modesty or causing sexual harassment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.The following are the punishments for the above sections:
354 - imprisonment of up to two years or with a fine
170 - imprisonment of either description, for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both
506 - imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine or with both
509- imprisonment which may extend to three years or with fine up to Rs500,000 or with both
The man, identified as Nadeem, claimed to be an FIA official when he was asked to leave the bus. The Motorway Police, however, said that he was an engineer at a gas company.
The Faisal Movers bus was travelling to Islamabad from Lahore on Sunday.
The hostess was handing out chilled water bottles to passengers and when Nadeem asked for two, the hostess refused and said she was not allowed to give anyone more than one bottle. He then started threatening her and told her he would “take you out of here”. When the Motorway Police were called and asked him to leave the vehicle, he told them to come talk to him at the FIA office.In a video that went viral on social media, the hostess can be seen crying. Other passengers intervened and told the driver to make the man leave.Related: LUMS students protest sexist content on Facebook group
“Such acts will be punished,” said Dr Shahbaz Gill, the spokesperson of the Punjab chief minister. “We will take notice of such incidents and will provide a safe society,” he said.