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Teenaged victim testifies in kidnap, rape case

KARACHI: The additional district and sessions judge-VII, south, on Friday recorded the testimony of a 13-year-old girl allegedly subjected to sexual assault in April last year.

The accused in the case along with the absconding accused, was charged with kidnapping the girl in the remit of the Kalakot police station and subjecting her to sexual assault.

The victim testified that the accused was a friend of her brother. On April 29, she went to a bazaar where the accused came across her and offered to drop her home on his motorcycle.

Instead, he took her to a house in Dalmia area where the absconding accused was also present. The girl alleged that both of them subjected her to criminal assault.

She further deposed that the accused then took her to a house in Punjab Colony where she saw about 10 girls and women apparently detained and forced into prostitution.

She stated that her family managed to trace the accused and recover her after two days.

The judge, Nizar Ali Khawaja, adjourned the hearing till June 16 when the defence counsel will cross-examine the victim.

According to the prosec- ution, the accused had kidnapped the girl and subjected her to rape. He also detained her for two days. Later, the police arrested him but his accomplice, absconded.

A case was registered under sections 365-B and 376-A of Pakistan Penal Code (the sections were inserted through the Protection of Women Act 2006) on the complaint of the victim’s uncle at Kalakot police station.

Kidnap for ransom case

An anti-terrorism court on Friday recorded final arguments from the defence in a case pertaining to the kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy for ransom.

Adnan Ahmed Khan and Naila have been charged with kidnapping Arsalan on August 13, 2008 in the remit of the Sachal police station and demanding ransom for his release.

In the final arguments, the counsel for Adnan, Mushtaq Ahmed, argued that there was no evidence against his client except his confessional statement, which should not be treated as a valid evidence as the judicial magistrate, who recorded the statement under Section 164 of CrPC, had admitted before the trial court that instead of sending the accused to the jail, he had handed over him to the investigation officer of the case. The counsel argued that the confessional statement was also recorded with a delay of nine days.

He also referred to the prosecution’s claim that the accused had kept the victim in confinement in the House No.L-426, Gulzar-i-Hijri, and contended that the house never existed in that area.

Representing Naila, the co-accused in the case, Advocate Nasir Mehmood argued that the victim’s grandmother was cited as the lone eyewitness of the case but she did not give any detail about the incident and deposed that she had very little knowledge about the kidnapping as the matter was handled by the male members of her family.

He contended that the prosecution had failed to produce any solid evidence against his client. Adnan also did not mention her name in his confessional statement, he argued.

The ATC-I judge, Syed Hasan Shah Bukhari, adjourned the case till June 6 when special public prosecutor Mohammad Khan Burirro will present final arguments.

According to the prosecution, Adnan, along with Naila, had kidnapped Arsalan on August 13, 2008 and demanded a ransom of Rs1 million from the family of the victim for his release. However, the matter was reported to the police and a team of the Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) tracked down the kidnappers. The team conducted a raid on a house in Gulzar-i-Hijri on Sept 15, 2008 and arrested the couple. The boy was also recovered from their custody, it added.
Source: Dawn
Date:6/6/2009

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