Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the police to provide protection to a 21-year-old rape victim girl who approached the SHC, seeking registration of a case against two respondents for harassing and raping her.
Petitioner Rekha, a resident of Korangi, has cited home secretary, provincial police chief, head of Saddar police station, and two men Sunny and Akash as respondents in the petition.
She submitted that she had a relationship with Sunny with whom she wanted to marry but he repeatedly rejected her marriage offer, adding that Sunny forcibly raped her on September 14 while his aide Akash was also present on the scene.
She submitted in the petition that she approached the Hindu Panchayat for justice but the Panchayat only recorded her statement.
Thereafter, she added, she went to Saddar police station to lodge the case but they referred her to Saddar (Woman) police station for the registration of FIR.
She lamented that neither the police lodged any FIR nor took any action, alleging that the police were rather conniving with the respondents who were constantly threatening her with dire consequences if she got a case registered against them. She further submitted that she got herself medically examined on October 21 and received report from the hospital that established the fact that she was raped.
She prayed the court to order legal action against the police officials for not taking action against the respondents. The SHC’s single bench comprising Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the hearing to January 31, 2014.
The court also directed the SHO Saddar police station to provide protection to the life and honour of the petitioner.