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Young girl accuses cops of gang-rape

MANSEHRA: The officials posted at the city and Kaghan police stations allegedly raped a teenaged girl who had left home to marry a man earlier this month.

Sonia, who was taken to Darul-ul-Aman in Abbottabad on August 5 after being arrested by the Mansehra Police while wandering alone, recorded her statement before a judge. According to the police, Sonia, 16, belonged to Haripur and was living with her aunt in Karachi. She told the judge that she had fallen in love with one Mohammad Adil and left her aunt’s home to marry him.

She said they came to Mansehra and were staying at a hotel there, but Adil left her after three days and the police arrested her. She alleged the cops took her to the City Police Station where they raped her.

The victim girl said she was later shifted to the Kaghan Police Station where she was also gang-raped by the cops. “I don’t know the names of the police officials who raped me at both the police stations but I can recognise them if they are produced in front of me,” Sonia told the judge.

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference, District Police Officer Mansehra, Sher Akbar said that station house officers of City Police Station and Kaghan Police Station had been suspended. He said the first information report (FIR) had also been lodged in light of the victim’s statement.

Sher Akbar said that identity parade of the police officials deputed at both the police stations would be held and action would be taken against those identified by the victim.

He said that an investigation team headed by SSP Mansehra Mohammad Ilyas had been constituted as per the orders of the DIG Police, Hazara and it would soon submit its report. “Nobody is above the law and those involved in this heinous crime would be taken to task,” the District Police Officer declared.

The News