A police constable in this Pakistani city has been arrested in Karachi after he beat a Hindu man over 80 years of age for eating and selling food before iftaar. Reports of the beating triggered a social media campaign calling for justice for the elderly man.
According to the reports, the IG Sindh police ordered the arrest of Ali Hussain after the family of Gokal Das posted pictures of the octogenarian who was beaten and bruised badly.
"The incident occurred last Thursday in Ghotki where Das was selling Iftaari items before Iftaar and Hussain claimed he also saw him eating a banana," a local police official said.
"The constable showed high-handedness in dealing with the matter and he thrashed the old man who was rescued by citizens," he said.
A social media campaign was launched calling for justice for Das following the uploading of his pictures on social media. Social and civil right activists as well as ordinary citizens criticised the brutal act exhibited by the policeman in their social media posts and demanded exemplary punishment for him.
Hussain who is posted in Ghotki district has been arrested on charges of torturing and injuring Das.
The police arrested Hussain after Vinod Kumar, Gokal Das's grandson, registered an FIR against him for assault.