Rape victim’s family threatens immolation
MIANWALI, May 08 2006: A hapless matric student and her parents have threatened to immolate themselves in front of the DPO office if the police fail to arrest the girl’s rapists. Narrating their ordeal and the police excess at a conference at the press club on May 07, they said the Wan-Bhachran police had registered a case under section 10 of Hudood ordinance on April 22.
A daughter of a donkey-cart driver complained that she was alone at her house preparing for her matric examination and all members of her family had gone to attend a marriage. She said their neighbour, Intizar alias Wakeel, together with another boy, entered her home, torn her clothes and raped her at gunpoint. Meanwhile, her parents and other members of the family returned and tried to overpower the culprits who, however, made good their escape. The police, she said, got medical examination from the DHQ hospital and the report confirmed the rape.
However, she said, the police declared in the investigation that no such incident had taken place and closed the case. The girl’s parents alleged that the SHO and the investigation officer had taken a handsome amount from the suspects to discharge the case. They demanded that a fresh inquiry should be ordered and appropriate action taken against the corrupt police officials.
The poverty-stricken family claims to have been spending days and nights in distress. The girl’s father is a cart driver and her mother does some menial work to feed 10 children, eight of them daughters. When contacted, Wan-Bhachran police station SHO Qalbe Abbas Shah described the incident as a faked-up story and claimed that the nominated boys were not present in the town on the day the matter was reported.
He claimed that a dispute was going on between the two parties over possession of commercial property. He said ASI Zafar Abbas had investigated the case on merit. When asked how a donkey-cart driver and an influential family could lock horns over a property dispute, the SHO failed to give a satisfactory answer.