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Lahore student arrested for threatening woman online with rape, murder

Fayyaz Chohan took notice of incident

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 17, 2020 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Posted: Sep 17, 2020 | Last Updated: 9 months ago

A student, identified as Ibsham Zahid, was arrested in Lahore for harassing and threatening a woman with rape and murder online, the police confirmed on Thursday.

According to the complainant, she had been blackmailed by Zahid since 2016. He sent her videos and pictures of himself with weapons threatening to rape and kill her. Earlier this month, the woman took to social media and uploaded the messages and photos she had been receiving.

She said that an FIR had also been registered at the Sunder police station but the police refused to arrest Zahid, claiming he was not guilty. When she complained to the Federal Investigation Authority, the perpetrator threatened to rape her in front of her family and kill her father.

Following this, #ibshamzahidbehindthebars started trending on Twitter with people calling out for the police to help her.

The woman’s father, on the other hand, said that he had lost faith in the country’s judicial system. Talking on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din, he said he had lost hope after all these years.

“I have been fighting for justice since 2019, but got support from nowhere,” he said. “My daughters kept telling me that we should share this on social media but I was not ready.”

Following the Twitter outrage, Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan took notice of the incident after which Zahid and his father were arrested.

A case has also been registered at the FIA Cyber Crime Circle. Further investigations are under way.

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