Islamabad police arrest 16 for indulging in ‘obscene acts’: report


ISLAMABAD: At least 16 people, including women, were arrested by the police for taking part in an alleged dance party and drinking in public at an upscale mall in the capital early on Tuesday morning, local media reported.

The Margalla police said that the security staff at the Centaurus Mall informed them of a gathering of a large number of men and women in an apartment located on the 21’st floor of the mall’s building where they were allegedly drinking and dancing to loud music.

Police said they immediately dispatched a squad which included women police officers. When they reached the mall, officers claimed they found several young men and women allegedly drunk and indulging in ‘obscene and vulgar’ acts.

The police then arrested a total of 10 men and six women from the spot and took them to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where they were administered the alcohol consumption tests.

These detainees were then booked under Section 294 (obscene acts and songs) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

However, all those arrested were released by the police on bail within a few hours of their arrest since the clause under which they had been charged was a bailable offence.