Rapist of minor girl sentenced to death
KARACHI, Aug 24: An anti-terrorism court on Friday sentenced Saleem Ahmed alias Babloo, son of Abdur Rasheed, to death in a kidnap, rape and murder case of a minor girl in the Rizvia Society police station limits on Feb 22, 2006.
Judge Ghulam Ali Samtio of ATC-1 in his order awarded capital punishment under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code to the convict for killing the girl. The convict was also fined Rs500,000 and in case of non-payment he would have to undergo an additional six-month rigorous imprisonment.
The court also awarded him 10-year rigorous imprisonment in addition to a fine of Rs100,000 and in case of non-payment the convict would have to undergo an additional six-month imprisonment. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs500,000 to be paid to the father of the victim as compensation.
The decision was pronounced in the presence of the convict, who stood silently in police custody. He was indicted on July 23 but he had pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
The court had also recorded the statement of the convict once again on Aug 16, who again pleaded not guilty; however the court recorded the final arguments and reserved the judgment on Aug 21.
According to Special Public Prosecutor Niamat Ali Randhawa, eight prosecution witnesses were produced in the case who included police personnel, private witnesses, two doctors and a judicial magistrate.
The defence counsel, Mohammad Yousuf Chohan, was not present at the time of the judgment’s prouncement.
According to the prosecution, three-year-old Maryam, daughter of Bashir Ahmed, was kidnapped from some place near her home and was subjected to sexual abuse as a result of which the girl fell unconscious and later died. The convict wrapped her body in a piece of cloth and threw it into a sewer.
However, a police constable and a resident of the locality caught him on suspicion of having committed some crime. He was brought to the Rizvia Society police station, where, according to the police, he confessed to having committed the crime.
The police later retrieved the body from the Gutter Baghicha section of the sewer with the help of Edhi volunteers.
An anti-terrorism court on Friday recorded final arguments and reserved judgment in a kidnapping and murder case of a minor boy, Mohammad Faisal, who was kidnapped from Dawood Goth on Nov 29, 2006.
Judge Ghulam Ali A. Samtio of ATC-1, who is conducting the trial, fixed Aug 30 for the pronouncement of his order in the case.
The court had indicted the accused, Asif Brohi, on July 18, but he had pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
Special Public Prosecutor Niamat Ali Randhawa pleaded that the depositions of witnesses and police investigation had proved that Mr Brohi and his accomplices had kidnapped the boy and had also killed him.
He contended that there was enough proof for conviction of the accused and he should be awarded death sentences on two counts, one for kidnapping the boy for ransom and the other for killing him.
According to the prosecution, the accused Asif Brohi with absconding co-accused Aijaz and Imran Ali had kidnapped Mohammad Faisal, 7, on Nov 29, 2006 from Dawood Goth and demanded a ransom of Rs400,000 for his release from Mohammad Ashfaq, maternal uncle of the victim.
The family of the victim after negotiations with the abductors agreed to pay Rs35,000 as ransom and paid it to the accused, who instead of releasing the boy strangled him to death on Nov 30 and threw his body in a well near Memon Goth, Gadap Town.
The accused was arrested on Dec 21, 2006 with the help of mobile phone companies through the SIMs he was using to negotiate with the family of the victim.
Later, the body of Faisal was recovered on Dec 22, 2006 on the indication of the accused in the presence of the local elders, elected representatives, media persons and staff of the fire brigade, police officials and the victim’s relatives. An FIR 214/06 under Section 302 and 356-A of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered against the accused at the Malir City police station.
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