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KARACHI: Chief of Karachi police Dr Amir Ahmed Sheikh has restrained his force from harassing and humiliating young couples by asking them to show their Nikahnama to prove their credentials as husband and wife.
“There is general complaint that policemen in mobiles and motorcycles harass and humiliate couples by asking them to show Nikahnama to prove their credentials as husband and wife,” a notification issued by the office of the Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Karachi range read.
Sheikh urged the citizens of the port city to immediately register any such complaints on Karachi police’s WhatsApp number, +923435142770.
Policemen in mobiles or motorbikes hassling and humiliating couples to prove they are married was a “general complaint” received by the department, said Sheikh in a notice sent to deputy inspector generals of the three police zones in Karachi.
“You are hereby directed to issue strict instructions to staff not to demand Nikkah nama “the letter read, adding that any such complaint would result in action against the offending officer.
In August, a young couple was arrested for allegedly kissing in a car parked in Islamabad’s city centre.
However, after their arrest, both were released by the station house officer (SHO) on bail.
DIGP South Zone Javed Alam Odho, DIG West Zone Khadim Hussain Rind and DIGP East Zone Amir Farooqui have been directed to issue “strict instructions to the subordinate staff not to demand Nikah Nama from any person. In future such complaint shall not be tolerated and action against supervising officers will also be initiated.”
In cities across Pakistan, young couples are often harassed, blackmailed and extorted by police officials. Several officials in the past have been booked for harassing and extorting young couples in public places.