Karachi: Gang-rape case
KARACHI: The additional district and session judge, east, Aftab Ahmed Boghio, on Tuesday summoned the victim to record her testimony in the Mazar-i-Quaid gang–rape case on the next hearing. The 18–year–old woman was supposed to appear in court to record her statement on Tuesday. However, she did not appear when the case came up for hearing and the court adjourned the proceedings till Oct 25. The case (FIR No 50/2008) was registered at the Brigade police station under Section 365–B of the Pakistan Penal Code (the section was inserted through the Protection of Women Act, 2006) on the complaint of her father.
According to the charge-sheet, the woman and her relatives from Lodhran 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 a 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 assistant manager of the mausoleum`s security staff was arrested on March 20. The charge-sheet said there was little doubt about his involvement in the crime because the victim not only identified him while recording her statement with the SHO, the accused was then in police custody, but also identified him in an identification parade conducted in the court of a civil judge and judicial magistrate, east.
The accountant and the personal assistant to the resident engineer of the Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum Management Board were booked on April 24 following the receipt of a DNA report that confirmed their involvement in the case.