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Mai moves SC

ISLAMABAD,March 27,2005: Meerwala rape victim Mukhtar Mai on March 26 filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Lahore High Court’s ruling acquitting five of the six suspects.

Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for Mai, said that she was disappointed by the judgment and requested the court overrule it. The petition was filed under Article 184 of the Constitution. “I hope the Supreme Court will provide me with justice,” Mai told reporters after filing the petition. The alleged rapists who were acquitted by the LHC have already been arrested on the orders of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Mai had met Aziz and asked him to intervene.

On March 11, the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) suspended the LHC judgment and decided to hear the case itself but human rights bodies expressed reservations about the matter because they feared that the Federal Court would hear the case under the controversial Hudood laws. Later taking su moto action, Supreme Court Chief Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui asked the LHC and the FSC to send the record of the case. The SC is expected to hear the case next week.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/27/2005