Islamabad: Pakistan police have arrested five men for torturing and stripping four garbage-picking women in a market in Faisalabad after accusing them of theft from a shop.
As the FIR report filed by the women on Tuesday, they had gone inside an electric store in Millat town of Faisalabad to ask for drinking water.
However, as they entered the shop, the store owner and three employees accused them of theft and started beating them, Geo TV quoted the women as telling the police.
They further said that other men in the market also joined the shopkeepers to beat them.
The men then dragged the women out of the shop, stripped them naked and also videotaped the incident, the police said.
The police said they had received a call from the residents of the area about the incident.
The owner and three employees of the electric store have been arrested, they further said.
Upon directives of the Central Police Office (CPO) Faisalabad, the case has been registered against four identified and eight unidentified men for detaining and torturing the four women, the police added.
Meanwhile, the shopkeepers have told the police that the women had stolen stuff from the shop and upon getting caught they started tearing up their own clothes, Superintendent of Police (SP) Naeem Aziz said.
He further said some of the women were seen tearing their clothes in the CCTV footage and the clothes got further torn when they were being dragged out of the shop.
The CCTV footage is being carefully reviewed, he added.