KARACHI: Four cops were suspended on Tuesday for harassing and manhandling a married couple at Karachi’s Sea View.
In a video which has gone viral, the cops — three of whom were in plain clothes — can be heard asking the couple walking along the beach to show their ‘Nikahnama’ (marriage certificate).
The footage further shows the cops manhandling the woman as she tried to make a video of them. The man can be heard screaming that they are husband and wife but to no avail.
Additional Inspector General (IG) of Police Dr Amir Sheikh took notice of the incident after the video went viral. The four cops were taken into custody and suspended, the Karachi police chief said.
“The four cops will be sacked,” he added.
Last year in October, the Karachi police chief had warned that strict action will be taken against officers who harass young couples and ask them for marriage certificates. In a letter written to the deputy inspector-generals (DIGs) of the three zones in Karachi, Dr Sheikh had called for immediate action against such police officers.
The letter further warned that complaints regarding police officers asking for proof of marriage especially from females should not be heard again. Dr Sheikh had added that strict action will be taken against those police officers deployed at the beach and other places.