Lahore: Gang-rape victim’s ordeal not over yet
LAHORE: A couple complains about, what they say, partial police investigation into the gang-rape case of their 16-year-old daughter and seek intervention of the top police boss of Punjab and the chief minister in the case.
Khadim Husain and his wife Saba, of Dharampura, say their teenaged daughter was gang-raped by three people — two nominated and one unidentified — on Feb 1 and the medico-legal report confirms the gang-rape.
The Mustafaabad police registered a case and ASI Sikandar Hayat was to investigate the case.
Ms Saba alleged the investigation officer favoured the accused and during investigation, he intimidated her daughter through torture and abuses to get a statement from her of his choice. The alleged gang-rape victim was kept at the women’s police station of Racecourse for two days in the name of investigation and interrogation.
“Women police officials tortured my daughter and released her when I threatened them with approaching senior police officers,” she said.
The DIG (investigation) office turned down their plea for transferring the case to some other police officer, she said.
One of the nominated accused — Atif – is on judicial remand as the police officer did not seek his physical remand.
“This is a gross misconduct and an all-out favour to the accused,” Saba said. ASI Hayat rejects all allegations.
He said though the medical report had confirmed gang-rape, the investigation showed that one of the accused was innocent.
When asked if the medical report was enough to trial the accused, the investigation officer said Atif had been sent to judicial remand and the court would decide the case. He said the other accused stood innocent in the investigation.
He claimed apparently the victim had some grudge against the accused. He, however, refused to comment when asked why he did not demand physical remand of Atif from the court or held him guilty on the basis of the medical report in the police
An official, who was authorized by the DIG Investigation to speak to Dawn, said the girl was not gang-raped during police investigation and that she changed her initial statement that she escaped from her in-laws’ house following a property dispute.
He said the girl, who was found at Data Darbar, later changed her statement that she was kidnapped by three people and was gang-raped. He said the girl was kept at the women police station for a night under protective custody.