Hyderabad: Girl accuses father of sexual harassment
HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Women Development, Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto, condemned on Saturday the incident involving a father of sexually harassing his 20–year–old daughter and called for exemplary punishment to the culprit. Talking to newsmen at the Hyderabad Press Club along with in charge of the Women Centre Hyderabad, Fauzia Ashraf, the minister said the victim was being given shelter at the Women Centre and a case against the father had been registered.
She said that statements of the victim’s mother, two sisters and brothers had also been recorded, which support the girl’s claim. “I would appeal to the president and prime minister to punish the culprit,” she said and added that such incidents were horrifying and shameful and every measure should be taken for awarding maximum punishment to the culprit.
Fauzia Ashraf urged the media that name and face of such victims should not be made public to save their future. She said shelter homes are important to provide shelter to such victims and such centres would be established in divisions of Sindh.
She demanded legislation to this effect for stopping such cases in future.
The in charge of Women Centre said the mother, sister and brother of the victim supported the complainant, saying the culprit had been sexually harassing the victim.
Meanwhile, a case was registered with the Baldia police station on the girl’s complaint. The police arrested the father obtained his remand from the court on Saturday afternoon for two days.
Speaking to reporters, the father denied the charges and accused that his daughter had bad character.
Earlier, on Friday the 20–year–old girl reached the Hyderabad Press Club from Kumhar Para. She told newsmen that she escaped from her home as her father was forcing her to have sex with her.
She revealed that her father, Mahboob Arain, had been subjecting her to sexual abuse since she was 12 years old and nobody from the family, including her mother, sister and two brothers ever took any notice.
She said her father even wanted her to run away from home with him. She disclosed that her father used to torture her when she used to resist him.