Islamabad: Vani case hearing adjourned till 17th
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, hearing on Monday a Vani case said that police were equally responsible for the atrocities against women. If the IGP Punjab could not differentiate between rape and gang rape, how could he maintain law and order in a large province. The chief justice, heading a two-member bench that comprised Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, heard a case of a girl from Bhakar who was declared Vani and after that she was raped repeatedly.
Inspector General of Police Punjab Habib-ur-Rehman appeared before the court. He informed that on the second day of press conference by the affected girl they had registered a case against the accused and sent their case to the court for trial. He told the court that they included a section of gang rape in the FIR but after the findings of high-level investigative team excluded that section from the FIR as according to the report of the team it was not gang rape.
The chief justice, addressing the IGP Punjab, said “you had earlier submitted a report under your own signature, which mentioned the section of gang rape in the FIR. But now you are saying that section be excluded. Are you not giving wrong facts to the court now?” The IGP said, “The ability and honesty of the DPO Bhakhar could not be doubted, saying after thorough investigation it was divulged that it was not gang rape with the victim girl therefore they excluded that section from the FIR.
The Chief Justice remarked that if you could not differentiate between rape and gang rape then how would you maintain law and order in such a big province. The basis of this case was wrong. He said: “We all are equally responsible for atrocities against the women.” In Sheikhpura the police arrested the accused when the court had ordered them.
The statement of victim girl Tahira Bibi was read in the court. According to her statement not only her husband but also other men of her tribe raped her. They all did that to take revenge, as she was forced to marry.
The chief justice said first of all it was a case of Vani and then gang rape of a girl. The CJP ordered the IGP to investigate the matter in accordance with the law instead of saying that they were probing the case on the order of the Supreme Court.
The IGP Punjab asked the chief justice that he (CJP) have given him many good performance certificates. He said they would hold the investigation according to the law, as they are also answerable to almighty Allah. “We sent 30,000 challans in the court without any pressure,” he said.
The chief justice said people approach the court as police not performing its duties. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing a case of a girl who tried to commit suicide when the Rawalpindi police did not register case of rape with her, the CJP said.
The chief justice said that women are facing lot of problems as their heads are shaved, their ear and nose are chopped; and acid is thrown on their faces. He said the government has banned the sale of acid. Anyone can buy it without any problem, as there was no check on its sale.
The chief justice said there were 10 per cent cases in the Supreme Court on that the police have taken no action. “I would direct the office to provide you a list of those cases.” After reading that you would come to know that there are lot of human rights cases on that police has implemented the court orders.
Riffat Butt and Sofia Noreen representing National Commission on Women apprised the court about facts and figures of Vani and Sawara in the country. All the four provinces presented reports but Ministry of Interior did not submit its report. Hearing into the case was adjourned till May 17.