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Rape victim threatens self-immolation

HARIPUR, Aug 10: A rape victim has threatened to commit self-immolation if the accused in her case are not arrested and brought to justice. She sought the intervention of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and President Gen Musharraf for an action against the culprits.

Sanaia Naz, 17, student of a computer training centre in Model Town, Kangra, told a news conference here on Friday that on May 21 she was on her to the centre when one Babar, son of Safdar, who was happened to be the first cousin of her mother, offered a lift on his Suzuki Carry.

“The moment I boarded the van my uncle put a handkerchief on my mouth and I fell conscious,” she said, adding that when she regained senses she found herself in a locked room probably somewhere in Peshawar where the accused had allegedly molested her for six days.

She said that after six days the accused handed her over to another person, Babar Qureshi, who gave her some sedative and when she got senses she was in Islamabad where the second rapist molested her for another six to seven days.

After molesting her for seven days he called another person, Babar, son of Qamar Din of Sultan Pur Havelian, who also raped her and kept on shifting her from one city to another. “After some days, he forcibly got my signature on a nikahnama without producing her before a court or a religious leader,” she alleged.

Ms Sanaia said that Babar then took her to a house in the Bagra village where one day she found a cellphone of one of the accused and informed her mother about her whereabouts. The Kotnajibullah police recovered her from the house of one Younas on July 14.

She said that since then police had not arrested Babar Qureshi because of his influence. She told journalists that the accused had been constantly threatening her parents and putting pressure on them for a patch-up. She accused police of taking side with the accused.

She threatened to immolate herself publicly if her culprits were not arrested within a week time.
Source: Dawn
Date:8/11/2007