2 women released from jail for sending ‘vulgar’ texts

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The Supreme Court granted bail on Thursday to two women who had been held in an alleged offence of sending vulgar pictures and defamatory text messages to another woman. A three-judge bench of apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad took up the plea of the women seeking bail.

The court was told that Maria Naz and Shazia Begum were in Adiala Jail for the last two months after an FIR was registered against them on January 5 under sections 36, 37 ETO 2002, R/W109 PPC.

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However, counsel for the aforementioned women, Zulfiqar Bhutta stated that none of the sections of the law applied to the circumstances of the case.

Earlier on April 27, Islamabad High Court rejected bail plea of the accused and ordered to complete the trial within one month.

In November 2013, police had booked a man for sending vulgar text messages to another man in Rawalpindi’s RA Bazaar area.

Khurram Shehzad lodged a complaint with the police that Sufyan Ali had been sending him vulgar and objectionable text messages despite being asked to stop.

He said that Ali was also intimidating him while circulating the messages. The police registered a case under an anti-harassment law and launched further investigation.

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