Karachi: Jail authorities fail to produce gang-rape accused in court
KARACHI: The additional district and sessions judge-IV, east, adjourned on Tuesday the hearing of a case pertaining to the gang-rape of an 18-year-old woman on the premises of Mazar-i-Quaid due to non-production of the accused in court. The judge issued a notice to the superintendent of Landhi Jail, directing him to ensure production of the accused in court on May 27.
According to the prosecution, an 18-year-old woman was subjected to sexual assault on the premises of the mausoleum after being kidnapped by unidentified men late night on March 15. She was found in an unstable condition outside the mausoleum on March 17. On the complaint of her father, Brigade police registered a case (FIR No 50/2008) under Section 365B of the Pakistan Penal Code (the section was inserted through the Protection of Women Act, 2006).
On March 20, the police arrested an assistant manager (security) of the mausoleum for his alleged involvement in the case. An accountant and a personal assistant to the resident engineer of the Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum Management Board were also booked on April 24, following the receipt of a DNA report that confirmed their involvement in the assault. All the suspects were remanded to jail custody.
The charge-sheet was submitted by investigation officer Sabir Hussain in the court of a civil judge and judicial magistrate, east, Javed Hussain. According to the charge-sheet, the woman accompanied by her family came from Lodhran to visit the metropolis on March 15, the same day they visited the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam. A power breakdown occurred when her husband left her to bring in other relatives awaiting him in a bus parked outside the mausoleum. The charge-sheet says the assistant security manager of the mausoleum and his associates kidnapped her as the lights went off. She was taken to a room where she was forced to drink wine before being raped.
In another charge-sheet against an accountant and a personal assistant to the resident engineer of the Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum Management Board, the investigator said that results of DNA tests of both the suspects confirmed their involvement in the gang-rape.
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