Sindh home secy seeks report on gang rape, murder of girl -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Sindh home secy seeks report on gang rape, murder of girl

JAMSHORO: The Sindh home secretary, taking serious notice of the gang rape and murder of a 16-year-old alleged prostitute, has directed the police officials concerned to submit a report about the incident.

Despite the passage of a long time, the mystery of the gang rape and the murder of the girl, now identified as Fehmida Khaskheli, remains unresolved.

However, police said on Thursday some important clues had been found.

The girl was taken away by some people from her home and gang-raped her. She was brought to the LUMH, Jamshoro, in the middle of the night in an unconscious condition and died subsequently.

According to police, the girl had vacated her Bihar Colony Kotri house one month ago and left for an unknown place.

According to investigation police insiders, a key figure behind the case of Fehmida Khaskheli, Shahid Bhatti, has surrendered himself to police with the reference of an influential personality. He also confirmed the deceased girl’s identification as Fehmida Khaskheli. The investigating police have taken nine people, including two women, into custody.

They are Neelam Bengali, Motia, Qadir Bux Kachelo, Wakio Kachilo, Abdul Rahman Thebo, Noor Muhammad and Ali Bux.

However, sources said the total number of detentions in the case stood at 29.

DPO Jamshoro KK Memon said some progress has been made in the case and some arrested call girls have confessed that they know the girl, who was Khaskheli by caste, but the girl had a suspect character and kept changing her name.

Incharge investigation police Suleman Jessar said mostly the people taken into custody, including the call girls, were still busy in levelling allegations against each other.

On the other hand, it was learnt that the investigation police of Jamshoro and Kotri have made the case a means of minting money as police have started a crackdown on suspects and started arresting and releasing people. Many released people complained to newsmen that police freed them after taking huge bribes.

Two women, Parveen Mallah and Arbi Shaikh, protested in front of newsmen, complaining that police were arresting innocent people for taking bribes.
Source: The News
Date:8/3/2007