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Court orders probe into public humiliation of woman

By Ali Hassan

ISLAMABAD: Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Akmal Khan Monday ordered Station House Officer (SHO) Shalimar Police Station to submit inquiry report about the application of Zobia Shahid accusing Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Line Superintendent and In-charge Police Foundation of publicly hurling abuse at her after a roadside collision.

Shahid filed an application on Monday under section 22-A against relevant police station for not registering First Information Report (FIR). Shahid, in her application, stated that she drove a car along with her son on May 13 at 3:30 PM when the car, in a bid to avoid collision with an oncoming cab, suddenly collided with an electric pole.

She said her car was badly damaged while her son sustained serious injuries and she wanted to take him to the hospital for first aid. But two men namely Zafar, a WAPDA Line Superintendent and Muhammad Asif, In-charge Police Foundation, along with other staffers did not let me take my son to a hospital, she stated.

She claimed they insulted her with derogatory remarks and went on to slap her across the face. Shaid claimed Zafar and Asif kept her under wrongful confinement with intent to grab money as a compensation for the damage she had caused.

However, upon intervention by the local police they let her go around 7 pm but still held her car under ‘illegal’ custody. She took her son to the hospital where he had to have 12 stitches in his head.

Women constitute 52 percent of this country and are contributing in its development but sometimes it seems their role is hampered by some male chauvinists, raged Shahid. She said it was a cognizable offence and police under section 154 CrPC and chapter 24 of Police Rules were bound to register a case against the perpetrators.

The petitioner on May 13 moved an application before the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Tahir Alam khan and Khalid Awan, SHO Shalimar Police Station who refused to lodge FIR into the incident and told the petitioner that their hands were tied to proceed against the ‘influential’ perpetrators.

Additional Sessions Judge Monday ordered police to probe into the matter and submit a report to the court not later than May 25. Duty officer Shalimar Police Station Saqib Shah, while talking to Daily Times, said that due to the complex nature of the matter police initially refused to lodge FIR.

Source: Daily Times

Date:5/17/2011

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