Peshawar: 3 men, 5 women released in prostitution case
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday released three men and five women who had allegedly been arrested from two brothels. A single bench headed by PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan granted bail to Aslam, Noor Said, Qasim, Gul Nara, Hina, Shagufta, Shakeela and Nasreen after their assurance that they would not indulge in these activities in future. The bench directed them to submit two surety bonds worth Rs200,000 each for their release. Acting over a complaint filed by a woman, the local police on July 9 raided two alleged brothels in Paharipura locality and arrested four men and nine women, six of whom were allegedly being forced into prostitution.
The police report stated that one Rabia had approached the senior police officers, saying she was being blackmailed for the last three years and forced into prostitution by a group in Paharipura. The officials directed the local police to raid the two alleged brothels, where the raiding parties arrested nine women and four men.
Three women were said to be members of the gang that was forcing the other six young girls into prostitution by blackmailing them through different tactics. During hearing of the cases, Rabia told the bench that she fled from her house after getting married to a man of her own free will. “I had taken refuge in the house of Aslam, but then he forced me into prostitution,” Rabia claimed.
However, Aslam’s daughter informed the bench that she was their house servant and had married thrice. Some three weeks ago, the chief justice, during hearing of missing persons’ cases, had asked Capital City Police Officer Imtiaz Altaf to take action against the brothels in the city as he had information that a gang was running brothels and innocent girls were being forced into prostitution.