Women burglar gangs active across metropolis
LAHORE: With the passage of time and cultural advancement, Pakistani women have become more conscious about their rights and duties and are now almost equally contributing in the development of society as men, however, side by side their contributions in the crime world have also increased.
Mostly, women who are illiterate indulge in criminal activities. There are numerous women burglar gangs working across the metropolis that are actively looting houses in city’s posh areas. They keep coming up with new and innovative techniques for well planned and managed robberies.
Women in these gangs are well trained for crime activities. They conduct proper research and do all the homework before conducting a robbery. They do not live at one place for too long and keep shifting residences. The male member of the gang plays the role of a spy.
They gangs start crime operations by first gathering information about rich families living in a locality. They set up stalls or some small shop in the area where they wish to conduct criminal activities and then start collecting information about the residents of that area.
Some gangs prefer a quicker mode of action. They start by entering the house directly, posing as beggars, planning to rob the house once they enter through the main gates.
However, if they are caught before some “big” action, they stage a drama of poverty, narrating long stories of miseries so that the residents might take pity and release them. On the other hand, if they succeed in entering the house, they soon call all the other members of the gang to carry out the robbery.
The number of these women gangs operational in the city is increasing day by day. These gangs are particularly active during the summer vacations when houses are empty since the families have gone out of city or country to enjoy the vacations.
The gangs search for locked houses in different localities, break through the entrance easily since there is no one on the guard and then manage to rob the house and escape.
A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, told Daily Times that different gangs along with female accomplices were operating in the city. He said that women gangs who hailed from across the Punjab are living in different areas of the city, especially in the poor and developing areas. He also said that these gangs have strong links with underground mafia that provide them with information, support, cover and even help them with seeking bail in case they are caught.
In this connection, North Cantt Police arrested a four-member women gang on Wednesday. The culprits were escaping on a rickshaw after robbing a locked house when a local noticed them. He said he saw two men and four women shifting electronic equipments in a rickshaw outside a house and he immediately informed the patrolling officer.
Police, after reaching the spot, arrested Khalida Bibi, Sania, Asma and Shazia and recovered several electronic appliances from their possession. However, the two male accomplices managed to escape from the scene.
North Cantt Police registered a case against the arrested women on the complaint of the house owner, Sara Sohail. According to police, Sarah had mentioned in the report that the gang deprived her family of 35 tolas gold ornaments, two lakh cash and other valuables. Further investigation is under way, said police officials.