A lower court in Islamabad has dismissed the charges of prostitution in the police filed case against forty young men and women arrested during a raid on a party in Bhara Kahu last weekend.
The Bhara Kahu police have raided a farmhouse around 7:30 in the morning of the 28th of April and arrested twenty-five men and twenty-two women, accusing the arrested of being involved in inappropriate and indecent dancing and prostitution.
All the arrested youngsters were booked under sections of 294 (obscene acts) and 371-A & B (the buying and selling of a person with the intent of prostitution) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The accused suspects, all belonging to the age group of 20-25, were produced before the Judicial Magistrate—Muhammad Naveed Khan the following day. The Magistrate released them on bail against the surety bonds of rupees fifty thousand each.
However, the judge also mentioned in his written order that the charges of prostitution under sections 371-A & B had not been proved by the police.
He explained in detail that there was no mention of any monetary exchange in the First Information Report (FIR) and hence, it cannot be categorised as “buying or selling”, therefore the prostitution charges becomes nullified.
The court, however, did not drop all the charges though, instead of prostitution, the court said that the case should be taken as a case of alleged and attempted fornication under section 496-B (fornication) read with section 511 of the penal code (the attempt to commit an offence).
The court order reads that the complaint lodged indicates the offences under Section 496-B with 511 PPC could be related to the case.