Pakistani couple paraded naked by police

Aug. 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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GAMBAT, Pakistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Several police officers in the Pakistani town of Gambat were suspended after parading a couple accused of adultery through the town naked, officials said.

The officers were suspended by local authorities after cellphone video footage of the incident stirred public outcry, the BBC reported Saturday.

The footage shows a man, identified as Mumtaz Mirbahar, being abused by police officers and a woman, whose name was not reported, pleading with the officers to let her cover herself before they were both forced to walk to the police station naked, the report said.

Local police said they were responding to reports that Mirbahar was having parties at his house that involved drinking and dancing during the holy month of Ramadan.

Although neighbors told the BBC Mirbahar's parties had been an issue, they said they did not feel the police had the right to humiliate him and the woman in that manner.

Mirbahar, who has been released on bail, said he was "deeply scarred" by the incident. The woman is still in custody, the BBC said.

Pakistani activists said unless action is taken against the officers involved, police abuses of their power are likely to continue.

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