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Ombudsman takes suo motu notice of girl’s murder

SUKKUR – Sindh Ombudsman Yousuf Jamal has taken suo motu notice of the murder of a girl, Khadija, 17, by armed persons while she was in the custody of Ghotki police on September 25, apparently because she had married a man of her choice.

Mr Jamal on September30 appointed two regional directors of his department, Ameer Ali Shah and Akbar Ali Memon, to record statements of people concerned, including, DPO, TPO, and other police officials and relatives of the girl.

Mr Memon and Mr Shah said they would complete the inquiry by tomorrow and submit the report to the ombudsman for further action. The girl had married Abbas Kolachi, a wireless operator of the Ghotki police, in a court of Shikarpur 10 days back, after which the couple had moved to Larkana.

Later, the Larkana police arrested the couple and handed them over to the Ghotki police because Ghulam Mustafa Kaladi, cousin of Ms Khadija, had lodged an FIR, stating that the girl had been kidnapped.

The Ghotki police sent Mr Kolachi to a lockup and kept Ms Khadija in a quarter of an SI, investigation, Ghulam Mohammad Hakro. Later, Mr Kolachi, at the insistence of an elder of his tribe, divorced his wife. Four persons, after the divorce, raided the quarter the girl was staying in and shot her dead.

Source: Dawn

Date:10/1/2004