RAWALPINDI, September 25 2005: Yet another case of gang rape emerged on Saturday September 24, this time in the People’s Colony, Rawalpindi.
A 20-year-old innocent girl, who has learnt the Holy Qur’aan by heart and is the daughter of a Masjid Imam, is the new victim. Once again, it is the role of the police, the so-called custodians of law, which leaves much to be desired.
The city police denies any such heinous crime ever took place while a case has already been registered with the relevant police station.
“No such incident occurred in the city,” the district police officer (DPO), Saud Aziz, told The News.
A 20-year-old Hafiza-e-Qur’aan, daughter of an Imam Masjid, was allegedly gang-raped after being abducted from People’s Colony in the jurisdiction of RA Bazar police station, police sources said.
The DPO, however, expressed his ignorance of the crime while the RA Bazaar police have registered the case against two unknown rapists but reportedly sealed the FIR, they added.
A secret agency source however, confirmed the incident saying that the police have registered a case on Friday under public pressure against two “unidentified rapists”.
Residents of the People’s Colony, on Saturday evening, took out a rally against the police, demanding suspension of the station house officer (SHO) and other police officials for allegedly favouring the criminals and taking no action against them.
Rafiq Zaman Abbasi, Imam of a mosque in People’s Colony, lodged a complaint with the RA Bazaar police station, quoting his daughter ‘TR’, said she was going to teach the Holy Qur’aan to children of the locality when five unknown persons in a car kidnapped her and took her to an unknown place where they raped her one by one. He said they threw her back near the locality after keeping her in their custody for about eight hours.
Amanullah Khan, a resident of the locality, told this correspondent that despite a written complaint, the SHO did not take any action against the criminals. He alleged that the police were influenced by the criminals.
A secret agency source told this scribe that the incident occurred on September 19 but the police lodged the FIR on Friday after receiving the medical report.
The source, quoting the FIR, said the police implicated two unknown rapists in the case and mentioned that the victim was kidnapped at 2pm and released at 7pm.
The police, later under public pressure, got the victim examined at the District Headquarters Hospital on September 23 (Friday) while the preliminary medical report partially confirmed the allegation, the source said.
Source: The News