Rahim Yar Khan: Girl declared kali, ‘awarded’ death penalty
RAHIM YAR KHAN: A panchayat or jury declared a girl kali and ordered to kill her over suspicion of having illegal relations with someone in Chak 138/P. Masood Ahmed, a brother of the girl, filed an application with the Manthar police station that the panchayat had declared his sister kali and ordered to kill her. Abdul Ghani, her father, told the media that he had married his daughter Zarina around three years ago with Shakoor Ahmed, his relative and neighbor as well.
Shakoor had been suspecting her of having illicit relation with someone therefore he bashed Zarina, he added. He said that when Shakoor felt that she had died, he escaped from the scene. The girl’s family reached the spot, picked her and rushed to the Sheikh Zayed Medical College Hospital. Doctors treated her more than 15 days and after that when doctors understand that the condition of Zarina is out of danger, they discharged her. But now she was unable to speak, he said.
“After we had reaching home, the jury said that the girl was found guilty and ordered to kill her. After this decision, five persons related with the panchayat reached my home and tried to kill her. But he called the police and when the police reached all of them fled away,” the victim’s father said.
He further said that Shakoor had been arrested by the police and police lodged an FIR under 324 PPC against him and sent him behind bars. When contacted, Investigation Officer of the Manthar Police Station Rab Nawaz, said that he had lodged an FIR against the 5 panchayat members including head of the panchayat and the father of Shakoor, Fida Hussain, Nabi Baksh, Abdul Razaq, Ghullam Fareed and Asghar.
He said that the police were searching the criminals and will arrest them very soon. Meanwhile, the brother of Zarina said that he was being threatened on his mobile phone to withdraw the case.
He has appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Minister of Punjab to help him on this matter and also order to the police to protect the family.