A sessions court of Lahore has granted pre-arrest bail of four men, accused of harassing and assaulting a woman TikToker at Minar-e-Pakistan on Independence Day, till September 14.
The men, identified as Khizer, Umar, Asif, and Akhter, approached the court on Friday and said that they were ready to join the investigation but expressed the apprehension of their arrest by the police.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Saeed granted them pre-arrest bail and instructed them to join the investigations.
Meanwhile, 90 men arrested in the case will be released from Camp Jail on Saturday after the TikToker failed to identify them in an identification parade on September 1.
Police have arrested 104 men through geofencing and face matching so far. Of these, only six have been identified.
CASE AGAINST TIKTOKER: Meanwhile, a man filed a petition for criminal proceedings to be taken against the woman TikToker in the Lahore High Court.
Petitioner Asmatullah claimed that the TikToker had invited her followers to Minar-e-Pakistan on August 14. “According to the guards of the Greater Iqbal Park, the woman had two chances to escape the crowd but she didn’t avail them.”
The petition called for “criminal action” against the woman for “inciting the mob” and demanded regulation of content on social media applications such as TikTok.
The petition has, however, been rejected.