Lahore: Seven-year-old girl rape case adjourned till 12th
LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge adjourned the rape case of a seven-year-old girl on Wednesday, saying he would frame charges against the accused in the next hearing on May 12. Judge Qamar Ijaz took the bail application of the accused, Zubair, and said that the statement of the victim, Tayyaba, would also be recorded in the next hearing. He said this after the witnesses of the case, Jamshed Iqbal and Muhammad Mansha, changed their stance and presented their affidavits in favour of the accused. The judge also said that the arguments on the bail application would also be heard in the next hearing.
The counsel for Zubair said that his client was ‘innocent’ and that no rape had actually been committed. But the counsels for Tayyaba argued that the medical and chemical reports proved the rape and that the police had accused Zubair in their investigation report.
Tayyaba’s mother, Nusrat, told reporters after the hearing that the witnesses had changed their stance “after receiving money from the accused”. The counsels for the victim – Muhammad Irfan, Abdul Razaq Ibrahim, Anis Saadi and Mian Saif Bashir – are pursuing her case voluntarily.