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JPMC rape case final charge-sheet submitted

By Ishaq Tanoli

KARACHI: An investigation officer on Tuesday submitted a final charge-sheet in the court of a judicial magistrate in a case pertaining to the alleged rape of a trainee nurse in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre on July 13.

The investigation officer stated in the charge-sheet that he had received an incomplete DNA test report and had been waiting for a conclusive report.A former medico-legal officer of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre has been charged with sexually assaulting and making an attempt on the life of a student of the nursing school at the JPMC on July 13.

The final charge-sheet said the victim in her statement recorded under Section 161 (examination of witnesses by police) of the criminal procedure code on July 20 also named the suspect’s driver and a nurse in this case, but they were shown in column 2 of the charge-sheet with blue ink as no evidence has come up during investigation against them.

However, the IO also added Section 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the Pakistan Penal Code against them in the charge-sheet.

It further stated that in the light of initial medical reports the offence of rape was established against the suspect and Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the PPC was incorporated in the FIR against him, adding that during the interrogation the suspect had also confessed to have raped the victim and made an attempt on her life by pushing her down form a window of the suspect’s apartment when she was trying to escape.

The IO has placed 20 prosecution witnesses in the final charge-sheet, including complainant Mohammad Akram Janjua, the victim, gatekeeper Tariq Nabi, security guard Mohammad Aslam, Dr Mehmood-ur-Rahman, Dr Naeemullah, Dr Ghani Rahman, Dr Farhat Abbas, Dr Seemin Jamali, Dr Mohammad Malook, Dr Sabi Haider, MLO Dr Fareeda Mobin, MLO Dr Pardeep Kumar and some police officials.

The judicial magistrate (south), Abdul Qadir, accepted the final charge-sheet under Sections 324 (attempted murder) and 376 (punishment for rape) of the PPC, but left Section 114 of the PPC for sessions court to decide and sent the charge-sheet to the district and sessions court (south) for further trial.

Meanwhile, on the directives of the magistrate, a public prosecutor supplied a copy of charges to the suspect under Section 265-C (supply of statements and documents to the accused) of the CrPC and the sessions court would indict him on Aug 24.

According to the prosecution, the 22-year-old victim had fallen off the window of an apartment, which was in the possession of the suspect, to save her life when she was allegedly attacked by him.

She was found lying unconscious on the lawn of a mess in the JPMC residential area on July 13 and a few minutes later the MLO with bruises on his body was also spotted there.

A case (FIR 332/2010) was registered under Section 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the MLO at the Saddar police station.
Source: Dawn