JPMC rape case: DNA report still not received: IO
KARACHI: An investigation officer on Thursday submitted an interim charge-sheet in the court of a judicial magistrate in a case pertaining to the rape of a trainee nurse allegedly by a former medico-legal officer in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
The ex-MLO has been charged with sexually assaulting the trainee nurse, a student of the nursing school at the JPMC, on July 13 and making an attempt on her life.
The IO has placed names of 19 prosecution witnesses in the charge-sheet, including complainant Mohammad Akram Janjua of the JPMC, the victim, gatekeeper Tariq Nabi, security guard Mohammad Aslam, Dr Mehmood-ur-Rahman, Dr Naeemullah, Dr Ghani Rahman, Dr Farhat Abbas, Dr Seemin Jamali, Dr Mohammad Malook, Dr Sabi Haider, MLO Dr Fareeda Mobin, MLO Dr Pardeep Kumar and the remaining are police officials.
The IO said the suspect’s driver and a nurse were shown in the column two of the charge-sheet with blue ink as no evidence was so far available against them.
He requested the court to grant some time for the submission of a final charge-sheet since he was still waiting for a DNA report.
The magistrate directed the IO to submit the final charge-sheet till Aug 4.
According to the prosecution, the 22-year-old victim had jumped off the window of an apartment, which was in the possession of the suspect, to save her life when she was allegedly attacked by him.
She was found lying unconscious on the lawn of a mess in the JPMC residential area on July 13 and a few minutes later, the MLO, with bruises on his body, was also spotted there. A case (FIR No.332/2010) was registered under Section 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against the MLO at the Saddar police station.
Later, in the light of initial medical reports, Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the PPC was incorporated in the FIR.
The additional district and sessions judge (south), Abdul Razzaq, on Thursday sentenced a man to four years in prison and acquitted the co-accused in a robbery case.
The court found Rashid Siddiqui guilty of looting an army official and others within the remit of the Darakhshan police station. The co-accused, Nadeem Iqbal, was exonerated from the charges for want of evidence. The court also imposed a fine of Rs10,000 on the convict.
According to the prosecution, the two suspects along with their absconding associates robbed Colonel Zaki and others in a Defence Housing Authority area on Sept 18, 2007. A case (FIR No.335/07) was registered under Sections 392, 397 and 34 of the PPC at the Darakhshan police station on a complaint of the victim’s servant.