Teacher gets 12-year jail term – 22 Mar 2023

RAWALPINDI: A local court has sentenced a religious seminary teacher to 12 years and 6 months in prison besides slapping him with a fine of Rso.1 million on being convicted of trying to rape a seven-year-old female student, who came to study the Nazra Quran (the Quranic script). Additional District and Sessions Judge Ahsan Mahmood Malik also ordered accused Usman to pay a compensation of Rso.2 million to victim Zehra Hameed. After the sentencing of the convict, he was transferred to jail. Sadar Beroni Police arrested the accused on February 2, 2021, after the case was filed by the victim’s father, Abdul Hameed. Meanwhile, Additional District and Sessions Judge Irfan Akram sentenced accused Zahid Qureshi to life imprisonment in the murder case of Abdul Khaliq within the limits of the Airport police station. The court also imposed a fine of Rso.5 million. OUR CORRESPONDENT

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Young girl abducted, gang-raped – 22 Mar 2023

Suspects threaten victim of uploading her video on social media

A young girl was gang-raped in Abdullahpur by five people who abducted her and threatened to release a video of her on social media.

The victim’s mother, a resident of Abdullahpur, registered a case with the police after her daughter was abducted while on her way to purchase groceries.

Police report, the victim was forcefully taken by suspects Daniyal and Basit and driven away in a car. They were joined by accomplices Abbas and Azam, who then sexually assaulted her at gunpoint and recorded the act, threatening to upload it on social media if she told anyone.

Abbas and Azam later left her unconscious in the street and fled.

Mansoorabad police registered a case against the four accused under the provisions of subsection (2) of section 376 Gang Rape. One accused, Daniyal, has been arrested, and police have launched raids to apprehend the remaining accomplices.

Mansoorabad SHO Umar Sarfraz Warraich stated that once the other accused are taken into custody, the truth will be revealed, and the victim is currently undergoing medical treatment.In February, a private bus company guard allegedly raped an 18-year-old hostess in a moving bus at gunpoint.

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Bus hostess harassed on way to work – 22 Mar 2023

Woman was allegedly strangled by her husband in separate incident

A suspect was arrested over allegedly harassing a bus hostess in Shera Kot while she was on her way to join her duty at Niazi Ada. The victim worked lived near Niazi Ada in Shera Kot police limits.

As she left for work, a suspect identified as Shehroz began harassing her. He would reportedly follow the victim, hurl abusive comments and even attempt to make physical advances as well.

On Tuesday, he obstructed her path and stopped the victim by grabbing her arm. She immediately reported the incident to police.

A police team responded to the call and arrested the suspect.

SHO Nasir Hameed said that the suspect was arrested and police were investigating the matter. A case has been registered against Shehroz.

The harassment of bus hostess is regretfully on rise.

In February of this year, a bus hostess in Vehari was allegedly raped by her colleague in a moving bus. The victim said that she was inside the bus with a guard and the driver.

As they were returning to the main bus terminal after dropping passengers, the security guard snatched the victim’s phone and went to the back of the bus. As she went there to ask him to return the phone, he allegedly overpowered and raped her.

In another incident of gender-based violence reported in Chowki Rakh Chand Rai, a 47-year-old woman was strangled.

The victim, Tanzeela, married Liaqat ten years ago and had a dispute with her husband on Tuesday.

Liaqat and an unknown accomplice allegedly strangled her. They both fled the scene.

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Woman tortured by husband – 22 Mar 2023

TOBA TEK SINGH: A woman was allegedly tortured by her husband and hisyoungerbrotherovera domestic dispute at Pirmahal in Azafi Abadi, Gawanwali of Chak 321-GB.

Complainant Nasir Ali told the police that his sister, Mumtaz Bibi, was living with her parents after a dispute with her husband, Muhammad Umer, who used to torture her.

He added that four days ago, Umer reconciled with her through a panchayatandtookherto his house where he and his brother, Naik Muhammad, tortured her with a hammer, causing multiple fractures to her body.

ACCIDENT: A man died after his motorcycle rammed with a roadside wall on Tuesday on Gutwala-Wapda City Road in Faisalabad.

The deceased was identified as Muhammad Amin (43) of Tandlianwala.

Rescue 1122 said the accident took place due to speeding.

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Body of prime suspect in murder case found from jungle – 22 Mar 2023

RAWALPINDI: The body of the prime suspect, wanted by police, in the murder of four people in Kallar Syedan was found in the nearby jungle on Monday.

Naseer alias Sheri had allegedly committed suicide.

Ahmad Hussain had lodged a first information report (FIR) with police saying that Naseer entered his house on Friday night and opened fire on his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law killing them on the spot, before escaping.

Naseer was the stepbrother of Ahmad Hussain and the motive behind the murder was old enmity. Since Hussain escaped after killing four people, the police had been searching for him until his body was discovered from the jungle on Monday.

Naseer’s body was discovered by vice chairman Salgran who informed the police that the suspect’s body was found lying in the jungle while a 30-bore pistol was lying close to him and a repeater 12-bore gun was also found in a black bag.

Police said he had committed suicide by shooting himself.

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Gang-rape victim dies after two-month struggle for life – 22 Mar 2023

SUKKUR: A gang-rape victim, who had been under treatment since the day she and her elderly mother-in-law were subjected to sexualassault after being drugged at their home in Jacobabad on Jan 15, died on Tuesday at a private hospital in Sukkur. The mother-inlaw had died a week after the tragic ordeal.

Jacobabad police took the victim`s body into their custody when their relatives were taking it to graveyard for burial and brought it to Jacobabad Civil Hospital for post mortem. Itwas handed back to heirs afterwards.

Jacobabad SSP Dr Sumair Noor Channa told Dawn that the victims` family had nominated in the FIR Tehkan alias Takan Golo and four other unidentified men, accusing them of the gang-rape.

He said that police had arrested the major suspect Tehkan who was serving judicial remand in jail.

The other suspects had not yet been arrested, said the victims` relatives.

According to the FIR lodged on a complaint by Akbar Ali Solangi, on Jan 15 Tehkan, who was their relative, and four unidentified men visited his maternal uncle Shabbir`s house when he, his wife, son Niaz, daughter-in-law and other family members were at home. Tehkan handed them a chunk of meat and milk saying these were distributed as alms,and left, he said adding `We gave the meat and the milk to our womenfolk who prepared dinner and drank the milk and soon started falling asleep on cots,` said Solangi.

He continued in the FIR that his cousin Niaz and he did not eat the meat immediately for some reason and went to bed. They were jolted from their sleep at around 10pm by some voices and saw Tehkan sexually assaulting the sleeping women while his accomplices held pistols at them.

`When we tried to rise, the armed men threatened to kill us if we put resistance,` said the complainant and added the suspects fled away after the crime.

He said the elderly victim died a few days after the incident on Jan 22 and her daughter-in-law was taken to Sukkur for treatment where he died on Tuesday.

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Headmaster, student shot at by sacked employees – 22 Mar 2023

BADIN: A disgruntled former employee along with his brother allegedly opened fire in a classroom of the Help Public School in Mohammad Siddique Gaho village near Pangrio town critically wounding the headmaster and a student of class-VII on Tuesday.

Pangrio SHO Moolchand identified the suspect as Ramzan Gaho who, he said, was aided by his brother, Noor Hassan. They were employed some time ago at the school, being run by the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) on a government plot, but were sacked on charges of theft and other irregularities, he said.

Students caught Noor Hassan when they saw his brother Ramzan firing upon the headmaster, Ali Hassan Gaho, said the police official.

Probably the attackers’ main target was the headmaster but the student, Arif, was caught in the crossfire, said eyewitnesses, adding that the injured were first taken to the Pangrio Rural Health Centre from where they were referred to Hyderabad Civil Hospital due to their critical condition.

The SHO said that the suspects were arrested and police deployed at the school

The suspects had earlier tried to create hurdles in the repair work being carried out at the school and threatened to get it stopped forcibly.

An FIR was yet to be registered, said the SHO.

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Man remanded into police custody for torturing ex-wife – 21 Mar 2023

Judge says no forgiveness on domestic violence

Civil Judge Mubashir Hussain Awan has granted the Rawalpindi police a four-day physical remand of a man arrested on charges of torturing his wife after she decided to tie the knot with a man.

Muhammad Zahid has been accused of brutally torturing his former wife, filming it, and posting it on social media.

The court also ordered submission of the identification parade report and the recovered instruments of violence after completing the investigation by March 24. During the hearing, the accused prayed to the court for pardon but the judge remarked that there was no forgiveness for domestic violence.

Earlier, the New Town police opened an investigation and arrested the man after a video of his gruesome torture went viral on social media.

According to the police, the accused also admitted to the crime at the police station and sought an apology from the victim.

The police had summoned the suspect’s wife in response to his request for a pardon.

In the video, the man can be seen brutally torturing his wife as their children scream in panic.

Moreover, a member of the man’s family can be also spotted sitting idle and observing the torture.

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Man held for attempted rape – 21 Mar 2023

RAWALPINDI: Police arrested a man who attempted to rape and molest a 13-year-old girl within the limits of Taxila Police Station. According to police, the victim’s mother in her complaint made to Taxila police said that the accused named Nasir carried out explicit acts with her daughter and tried to rape her. Taxila police immediately registered a case on the complaint and arrested him. SP Potohar Muhammad Waqas Khan commenting on the incident said that all legal requirements will be fulfilled to punish the accused. Violence, abuse and harassment against women and children is intolerable, he said, adding that a zero-tolerance policy is being ensured in this regard. OUR CORRESPONDENT

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Child help with torture marks rescued – 21 Mar 2023

CP&WB official says victim in trauma, receiving counselling

A 13-year-old female domestic help facing torture and illegal detention by a lady doctor has been rescued from the residential quarters of the Mayo Hospital.

The victim told reporters that her name was Mehak and she had been employed at the house of the doctor, who reportedly worked in the eye department of the hospital, for the past several years.

On Monday, she managed to leave the house and reached the quarters of another lady doctor while crying.

People who had gathered at the spot contacted the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CP&WB) after listening to her ordeal.

A team from the bureau reached the spot and took her to its centre.

The girl was also presented before a court and her custody obtained.

The victim had marks of torture on different parts of her body and she told the rescuers that her employer beat her up over petty issues.

Child Protection Officer Waseem Abbass told The Express Tribune that the victim was in trauma and was unable to divulge the identify of her parents and their address.

He said a psychologist had been engaged for counselling her. Permission was also sought from the court for her medical examination.

Legal action against the employer would be taken on the basis of the medical report.

Over 30 cases of violence against minor workers were reported in the province during 2022 and at least five during the ongoing year.

The child protection official said such victims faced neglect by their parents who received advance money from their employers.

He added that he had often observed that the employers were well educated, including women, but they consider the child domestic help as their property.

“Torturing such helpless children is an expression of their dominance that provides them satisfaction,” he added. He added that the majority of the victims as well as perpetrators were female.

“It is a particular mindset in which only the helpless child is targeted. Such people treat their own and influential people’s children nicely,” he added.

A veteran child rights activist, Iftikhar Mubarik, said the Punjab Domestic Workers law did not allow children less than 15 years of age to be employed for labour.

“People who often say that they engage children as domestic help for supporting them avoided employing their parents as they would find it hard to control them,” he said.

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