Karachi: Mazar-i-Quaid gang rape case adjourned till Aug 23
KARACHI: Additional district and sessions judge-IV (East) Aftab Ahmed Bughio adjourned the hearing in a case pertaining to the gang-rape of a woman on the premises of Mazar-i-Quaid till Aug 23 as witnesses did not turn up on Wednesday.
The court had indicted an assistant manager of the mausoleum’s security staff, an accountant and a personal assistant to the resident engineer of the mausoleum management board in the gang-rape of an 18-year-old visitor on August 2. The three accused pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
The judge had summoned the prosecution witnesses for Aug 13. However, they did not turn up on Wednesday. The court re-issued notices to the witnesses directing them to appear in court on the next hearing. According to the charge-sheet, the woman and her family members from Lodhran (Punjab) were on a visit to the mausoleum when she was allegedly abducted during a power breakdown on March 15. She was taken to a room where she was forced to take a drugged drink and subjected to gang-rape.
The kidnappers kept her in their custody for a day and a half and then threw her at the gate of the mausoleum in the early hours of March 17. She was later spotted in an unconscious state by Rangers personnel, the charge-sheet said.
The case (FIR No 50/2008) was registered at Brigade police station under the Section 365B of Pakistan Penal Code (the section was inserted through the Protection of Women Act 2006) on the complaint of her father.