A man belonging from Lahore was arrested on Tuesday for selling sex toys in broad day light. The incident occurred just a day after the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine’s Day, terming it not in line with the teachings of Islam.

According to the details of the incident provided, the seller, identified as 25-year-old Farmanul Haq, was caught selling the obscene toys in the busy Chauburji area. People were shocked to see Haq waving about his wares in such a public place.

Haq is a B.Com student who got into the business six months back and was ‘earning handsome profits’, far more than he would in ‘any other business’.

Haq was caught when he was standing in the parking space of a private bank in the market area with his merchandise visible to passing people, when one of the citizens noticed what he was selling and called the police.

“He had come here to sell one toy to a male customer for which he had was demanding Rs4,000 … these were his own words when the police caught him red-handed,” a source said.

An FIR was later registered in which the complainant of the case is SI Muhammad Asif. In the complaint, Asif maintained that Haq has been living in the Samanabad area and selling sex toys for about six months. Haq had told them that his supplier is based in Karachi and that he has no local supply chain in Lahore.

In addition to the toys, Haq also sold batteries and other accessories required for the ‘smooth operation’ of the toys.

This is the first time that such a case has been registered in Lahore. An officer told reporters that the case was registered due to violations of sections 292-C and 293 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The punishment for offences under Section 292-C (sale of obscene material) is a jail term of three months, while Section 293 (sale of obscene objects to a young person) carries a prison sentence of up to six months.

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