KARACHI: A judicial magistrate has sentenced two men for 15 months in prison for eve-teasing.

Muhammad Jafar and Faizan Ahmed were found guilty of harassing and committing obscene acts with a 25-year-old woman on Sharea Faisal on Aug 28, 2021.

Judicial Magistrate (East) Niaz Husain Kandhro pronounced his verdict after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides.

The judge noted that the prosecution had proved the case against both the accused beyond a shadow of doubt.

The court convicted both the accused of committing the offence punishable under Section 345 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 294 (obscene acts and songs) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The judge cancelled the bail of both the accused and remanded them to prison to serve out their sentences.

According to the prosecution, the complainant said that both the accused often teased and harassed his daughter, who was a nurse at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, on her way to the bus stop. They did not mend their ways despite complaints, he added.

The victim deposed that on the day of the incident as she returned from the job and got off the bus, both the accused, already present there, pushed her and started harassing her.

However, her brother, who had come to pick her from the bus stop, got hold of Jafar while Ahmed managed to escape.

A case was registered under Sections 354, 294 and 34 (common intention) of the PPC at the Sharea Faisal police station on the complaint of the victim’s father.

Published in Dawn, May 23rd, 2022

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