Case against police officer who raped a victim of gang rape -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Case against police officer who raped a victim of gang rape

ISLAMABAD, July 22 2006: An investigation police officer has allegedly raped a victim of gang rape at Sabzi Mandi Police Station in Islamabad. Faiza Najam, the victim, was kidnapped by seven armed men in her residence located in I-10/2 sector who took her to a deserted house and raped her, leaving her in a critical situation. Upon receiving the information from a passerby, Sub-Inspector Abdul Ghafoor, who was the duty officer on that day, rushed to the place and shifted the victim to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences. Ghafoor then reportedly took her to the police station to record her statement rather than taking her to her house. Ghaffor then took her into his room located in the premises of Sabzi Mandi Police Station and after raping her, threatened her of consequences if she informed anyone regarding the incident.

Later, the police registered a case against seven unidentified rapists and allowed the victim to go home. The victim apprised her mother about the incident who then staged a protest in front of the police station and wanted to register a case against the police officer. However, the police constable who was deputed at the main gate of the police station did not allow her to enter the premises of the police station. The mother sent an application to Senior Superintendent of police Sikander Hayat, who suspended the police officer and directed an inquiry against the police officer. This was the second incident during the last eight months where a woman was raped in the premises of a police station.

The first incident took place in November 2005 at the Shahzad Town police station where three police officials allegedly raped a woman who had been apprehended on the suspicion of her involvement in a theft case. Later, the accused were terminated from their services and a case was registered against them, which is still under trail. Hayat said that legal action would be taken against the accused if he was found guilty in the inquiry. staff report
Source: Daily Times