Karachi: Mazar-e-Quaid rape case
KARACHI: Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Sanaullah issued bailable warrants against 18 witnesses including Razia Kubra and investigation officer in Mazar–e–Quaid gang rape case and ordered to produce them before the court on December 2. Razia Kubra, an 18–year old woman of Lodhran, was gang raped inside Mazar-e–Quaid allegedly by the mausoleum employees on March 9, 2008, when she came to pay homage to founder of the nation along with her family members. Although charges were framed against all the three accused, the victim Razia Kubra and other witnesses did not appear in the court in the last many hearings.
Their absence irked judge who issued bailable warrants against them. Razia was found in a shaky condition outside the Mazar-e-Quaid on March 17. The police registered a case under section 365/B of the Pakistan Penal Code inserted into the PPC through the Protection of Women Act-2006.
Three persons were arrested after DNA report confirmed their involvement and through identification parade that was conducted in the court. Security guard of the mausoleum Khadim Hussain, Accountant Mazar Raja Arif and Assistant to Resident Engineer Mazar Arif Ansar were arrested. An assistant manager of Quaid-i–Azam mausoleum’s security staff, an accountant, and a personal assistant to the resident engineer of the mausoleum management board were indicted last month on charges of kidnapping and sexually abusing the 18-year-old woman. However, they pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
The accused later filed bail applications, claiming that they were falsely implicated in the case.
The case was registered at the Brigade police station on the complaint of Kubra’s father.
Later, the accountant and the personal assistant to the resident engineer of the Mausoleum Management Board were booked on April 24 following the receipt of a DNA report that confirmed their involvement in the case.