Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari on Wednesday said that the state would now pursue prosecution in the Usman Mirza case ‘irrespective of recent developments’ relating to the victim’s testimony.

“Irrefutable video and forensic evidence on record- anyone harassing & stripping a woman must face the full force of the law,” said the lawmaker.

It merits mention that, in a surprising turn of events, the victim couple, who was harassed at E-11 flat of Islamabad, has taken a U-turn in the Usman Mirza case as it has refused to recognize the accused persons.

Usman Mirza, the prime accused in the couple harassment case, was arrested on July 7, 2021 after the disturbing video went viral on the social media, in which he could be seen assaulting the couple. He was also seen stripping the woman in the video.