Lahore: Minor strangled after rape
LAHORE: A nine-year-old girl was strangled after kidnap and rape by unidentified criminals on the Amir Road in the Shadbagh police precincts here on Thursday. The family of the victim also staged a protest demonstration against the casual behaviour of police, claiming that the policemen reached the incident place about one and half hours later after receiving information.
The victim was identified as Isha, a resident of Street-III, Shahdin Park, Shadbagh. Police said some locals of the area observed the body of the minor lying in the courtyard of a dysfunctional cold storage facility. After being informed by locals, policemen reached the scene but till then locals had identified victim and informed her parents who also reached the scene. Police, after reaching the scene, removed the body to morgue for autopsy and started investigation after registering a case against unidentified killers on the complaint of the victim’s father.
Incharge Investigation Mujahid Hussain said that the deceased was strangled as there was a cloth around her neck and piece of paper in her mouth. He said police also observed blood spots at mouth and nose of the girl. He said that it was too early to say that unidentified killers had molested the girl as the autopsy report would reveal the details, including the cause of death. He, however, said that they had started probe into the matter and had taken four men into custody for interrogation.
Sources told the reporter that Shadbagh Investigation Police had taken a watchman, namely Saleem, and his son Nadeem into custody for interrogation. They claimed that police had arrested the men because they looked after a building located on the back of the cold storage facility where the girl’s body was found. They said the building had a gate located on its back side which opened directly into the cold storage facility.
The victim’s father, Hameed, said Isha was studying in third class. He said that on Wednesday at about 3pm, she left her home to buy some eatables from a shop a few yards away from their house but never returned. He said that they searched for her in the area but to no avail. On early Thursday, their neighbours saw the body and informed his family after which they reached the scene and identified Isha as well.
Hameed also blamed Shadbagh Police for negligence, adding that after his daughter had gone missing, he went to police but the duty officer of instead of taking action, asked him to file a complaint and leave the police station. He said that the duty officer had asked him to note a number and call them on Thursday for information about the efforts done by police for his daughter’s search. He while weeping requested the police high-ups to take stern action against the responsible persons.
The mother of the deceased, Najma Bibi, told the media that they belonged to a lower class of society and had four children (two sons and two daughters). She said Isha was the youngest among all her children. She said that the killing of her girl was a big mishap to them. She said that no one could bring back her daughter but the government or police officials could help them in giving them relief by nabbing the criminals involved in the heinous act.
Some eyewitnesses who had witnessed the body said the victim’s clothes were covered in blood and it was quite obvious from deceased’s condition that killers had tried to molest her before killing. Locals, including Abdullah, Tanveer and Waseem, while talking to The News, also condemned the casual behaviour of Shadbagh Police. They claimed that a sense of insecurity had increased in for the last two months as they had witnessed about five similar incidents in last two months. They claimed that even officials of 15 reached the incident place about one and half hours late. Locals furthermore suspected that it looked as if the killers also belonged to the same area. They said the killers had placed body of Isha in the courtyard intentionally so that people could find it out easily.