Gang rape victim demands judicial probe -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Gang rape victim demands judicial probe

HYDERABAD, July 12 2006: The 17-year-old, Naila Rajput, who was allegedly gang-raped in Tando Adam and is struggling since June 6 to get the accused arrested demanded on July 11 a judicial probe into the incident, expressing no confidence in the investigation by the Sanghar police. “I have no confidence in the police of Sanghar… I appeal to the chief justice Pakistan to hold a judicial inquiry into the case,” the resident of Ahmedabad in Tando Adam told a news conference.

She said she appeared before the regional police officer on June 27 and expressed lack of trust in the investigation of Sanghar police, demanding that police of other district should inquire into the matter. She said she also lodged a complaint against the operation and investigation police. The RPO suspended three police officials on her complaint but she said the case was not transferred to the police of other district nor it was transferred to the crime branch. Instead, she said, the DIG Mirpurkhas called her and expressed his anger over the complaint and as a revenge handed over her case to DPO Gul Hassan Larik of investigation police to further weaken the case.

Naila said in order to weaken the case the police started conspiracies and tried to change the mode of case through fake Nikahnama of her marriage and character assassination. She told newsmen that she then wrote a letter to inspector-general of police against the Sanghar policemen that they were trying to save the culprits of the case and have arrested Ismael Khoso instead of Ismael Gaho, who is employee of an adviser to the chief minister.

She said the influentials of the area were patronising the culprits and only four persons have been arrested and challaned so far but two accused including Khan Chand and Ismael Gaho have not been arrested. “I am running from pillar to post for justice since 6th of June and some culprits have been arrested after the 20th June press conference, but police have not so far probed the matter properly,” she alleged. Naila said influentials of the area are pressurising and issuing threats to her and her family members and called upon the president to look into the affair and provide justice to her. She also demanded action against police officers who tried to weaken the case otherwise warned of filing a case in the high court for provision of justice.
Source: The News
Date:7/12/2006