Police told to register FIR on woman’s petition
By Ishaq Tanoli
KARACHI: A sessions court on Monday ordered the registration of a case on the complaint of a woman who said she had been illegally detained at a police station and raped.
The court issued the order to the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station on an application filed by her under Section 22-A of the criminal procedure code (CrPC). The judge directed the duty officer of the police station to record the statement of the applicant under Section 154 (information in cognizable cases) of the CrPC and register an FIR accordingly.
The applicant in her petition submitted through her counsel Nisar Ahmed claimed that she along with her husband and their two-year-old son was going home on a motorcycle when a police party stopped them at the Five Star roundabout in North Nazimabad on Aug 2. The police frisked her husband and took out Rs86,000 from his pocket, she said.
The woman said when they demanded their money back and protested against the police action, the SHO ordered the police party to take them to the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station. She said that she along with her family was detained at the police station where the SHO subjected her to a sexual assault. The following day, the police let her go and demanded more money for the release of her husband.
She said her relative filed an application in court for the recovery of her husband, and a judicial magistrate raided the police station on Aug 6. But the police had framed him in false cases just before the raid, she said.
The applicant stated that she approached the police station to register a case against the SHO, but the police refused to entertain her plea.
She prayed to the court to direct the duty officer of the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station to record her statement and register a case against the station house officer.