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Woman gang raped for inability to pay Rs 50,000

KARACHI: A teenage married girl was gang raped by six armed men in Karachi on the evening of December 29, 2013, Daily Times learnt on Friday.

As per details, Jamshed Town police initially denied registering the case, however, later the police did come about and a case was register. Police also arrested at least three suspects in connection with the case.

The victim, 18-year-old N*, resident of a small quarter near government college, Jahangir Road in Jamsheed town near Guru Mandir area, was alone at home when six armed men entered her house.

“On gun point they asked for Rs 50,000 but I have no money, so all six of them raped and fled,” quoting gang rape victim, Police Station Jamshed Town’s official Bahadur told Daily Times.

She was lying unconscious at home and was rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for initial treatment and medical examination.

According to a relative of the victim, police initially denied registering the case, but later on the protest of the relatives, an FIR was lodged. However, Station House Officer (SHO) Jamshed Town police station, Hamayun denied the charges and said that the police had registered the case immediately.

“The victim was too shocked to begin with and was not able to give any statement or even recognise the suspects, therefore the procedure was a bit delayed. But later on, when she was able to give her statement, we not only registered the FIR but also arrested three suspects, and are searching for the remaining culprits,” he said.

According to the PS Jamshed Town duty officer, Bahadur, the FIR No-510/2013 was lodged under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) section 452 and 376/34 against six culprits. “We have arrested Owais, son of Gulzar Ahmed, Naveed, son of Habib, and Irfan alias Waheed, while another suspect has been identified as Mubashir, son of Ashiq,” he said, adding that the other suspects would soon be arrested as well.

In Pakistan, most rape cases go unregistered due to stigma and fear of being ostracised by the society. Moreover, even if a case is filed, hardly anybody ever gets convicted.

In 2013, at least 26 rape cases were reported, while in 2012, 22 cases were highlighted in the media. Many of the victims were minors, who are still awaiting justice.

Last year, in September, a burka-clad woman kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from school, who was later found dead on Sea View beach. The minor had been tortured, raped and killed, before being dumped in the sea.

Daily Times