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‘Two rape and murder cases in a week alarming’

‘Two rape and murder cases in a week alarming’

KARACHI: War Against Rape (WAR), an NGO concentrating its resources on battling the heinous crime, has expressed “profound sorrow and concern” over the two rape cases reported in Karachi in less than a week.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, WAR demanded that the government should ensure that both cases were handled on a fast-track basis and the culprits put behind bars.

In the first case, the body of a five-year-old girl was found in Bheempura. She had gone missing a few days ago. The doctors confirmed that she was raped before being strangled to death. Her body also bore torture marks.

Earlier, a 22-year-old old trainee nurse was abducted on her way to work and later found raped, tortured and burnt to death near the Lyari River in Surjani Town. She was a resident of Orangi town and was studying a physiotech course at the state-run Qatar Hospital.

WAR appreciated that the governor had taken prompt notice of the issue and urged that government should ensure the protection of witnesses and families. The NGO warned that the delay in the proceedings of the cases would benefit the offenders.

WAR also expressed deep concern over the alarming rise in the cases of kidnapping, rape and killings of women and minor girls all over the country.

“State services continue to remain woefully inadequate, inefficient and insensitive towards this issue,” it said. “Laws may have been changed to provide relief to the woeful but as long as there is corruption, a lack of accountability and vested interests of the powerful at stake, cases like these will continue to taint newspapers every day and eventually fade into oblivion without any justice.”

WAR stressed the need for putting sexual offenders behind bars and asked the government so ensure that such cases were dealt with swiftly.

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