MULTAN: Pakistani authorities were Sunday investigating allegations that three drunk policemen raped five young women and filmed the attack, officials said.
The women, aged 16 to 21, said they were intercepted by the policemen in Fort Munro picnic resort, in central Pakistan, on Thursday. They were then taken to a police station and raped, they said.
The accused, from the Border Military Police, later fled.
"We hope that by this evening we will arrest the accused officials," the administrator of Dera Ghazi Khan district, Iftikhar Ali Sahu, told AFP.
"The elders of tribes who have given refuge to the fugitives have assured us that they will be handed over to authorities for investigations," Sahu said.
"Whether the allegations of rape are true or false, we can determine this only after an investigation."
Tariq Basra, of the Border Military Police, which guards the inter-provincial borders between Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan provinces and the lawless tribal belt in between, said the women filed a complaint with him on Friday that the accused were drunk and raped them.
"The women complained that they were also filmed when the policemen assaulted them," he said.
Women in conservative Muslim Pakistan are often treated as second-class citizens. According to the independent women rights group Aurat Foundation, more than 800 women were raped in Pakistan in 2011. AGENCIES