Islamabad: Sexual harassment by in-laws
ISLAMABAD: Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Riffat Sultan Sheikh on Wednesday ordered Bhara Kahu Police Station to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) after the police submitted its inquiry report on a case of alleged sexual harassment of a female newscaster and musical arranger of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) by her in-laws.
The alleged victim filed an application with the trial court on May 26 under section 22-A demanding registration of an FIR against her in-laws, whom she accused of constant sexual harassment and mean tactics to force her to have intimate relations.
The applicant Rizwana Faisal Khan stated, in her application, that she got married to Faisal Khan Durrani S/O Javed Khan Durrani on 12.04.2005 and that they both had two sons. She claimed said her husband flew to the United States of America (USA) on 27.04.2007 and has since not been in contact with her and children.
She said Faisal left her and the children with her in-laws where her father-in Law Javed Durrani “continuously sexually harassed” and forced her to have intimate relations with him using mean tactics.
She said that after suffering excessive physical and mental agony and harassment, she submitted applications on 08, 04.2010 along with requisite medical certificate to SHO Bhara Kahu to lodge an FIR but to no avail.
After the alleged inaction on the part of the concerned staff of P/S Bhara Kahu, she also approached a rights organisation AASHA.
She said that Javed also stalked her via text massages and said that she was forced to submit an application to Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) under diary no 8417/11 dated 28.03.2011.
The said application was marked to Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Habib Ullha Niazi who called her to his office on 04.04.2011 where the accused Javed Durrani and his son Qaisar Javed were already present.
DSP Habib Ullha Niazi tried to patch up the matter and hence Javed submitted an affidavit on stamp paper signed by him and the victim to DSP wherein it was stated that Javed would refrain from harassing her and if he did not an FIR would be registered against him.
Rizwana claimed that her father-in-law did not refrain from harassing her and hence she went to Bahara Kahu Police that refused to register FIR while her in-laws threatened her with murder. She said the agony had ruined her life as she was unable to go to his office and her children could not attend the school.
She said after almost two-month-long inaction on part of the police she moved to the trial court for the registration of FIR. The court took notice of the issue and ordered SHO Bahara Kahu to probe into the matter and submit a report on 1st June.
Bhara Kahu Police Wednesday submitted an inquiry report to the court. The report said that the preliminary investigation found the accused Javed a psycho and sexually frustrated.
There were also complaints of taunting girls against Javed in the past. The police officer told the court that during interrogations, Javed’s son Qaisar Durrani was also found rough and vulgar.
After the police submitted an initial inquiry report, the court Wednesday directed Bahara Kahu Police Station to register an FIR and further probe into the matter.