Karachi: Kainat, Lubano’s gang rape cases in limbo
KARACHI: The gang rape cases of Kianat Soomro and Naseema Lubano are in limbo since long. Kainat’s rape case hearing was fixed on Saturday for recording of evidence, but it was adjourned till January 24, due to a strike call given by the Karachi Bar Association (KBA). Similarly, Naseema Lubano’s rape case hearing was also fixed for Saturday for framing of the charge. The Station House Officer (SHO), Ubaro, appeared in compliance to the show cause notice issued by the court for recording his statement regarding the death of Long Kan, one of the accused. The SHO’s statement has been recorded by the court, but due to a strike call by the KBA, the hearing of the case has been adjourned till January 24.
The ordeal of Kainat Soomro and Naseema Lubano began when they decided to file an FIR and fight for justice. The government’s lack of support for the families is both financially and emotionally crippling. They would have given up by now if they did not have the support of NGO War Against Rape (WAR) and other non-governmental organizations and individuals.
The gang rape survivors and their families not only face a delay in justice but were ordered by the police and other authorities to vacate the homes to which they were initially relocated from their respective villages. WAR had to start a crisis fund from donations by local citizens to help the families and alleviate their destitution. The families are also struggling to sustain themselves by taking up whatever employment they can get.
An FIR No. 22/2007 was registered at Meher Police Station, district Dadu, on Jan 19, 2007, by the complainant Kainat Soomro against the accused persons namely Ehsan alias Nomi, Roshan, Shoban Shaikh and Kaleemullah.
Police registered the said FIR under section 10(4), under Zina Ordinance (E.H.O) and sections 363, 344, 337-J, P.P.C. 1860, against the accused persons. The charge sheet No 36/2007, dated March 6, 2007, was submitted by the investigation officer. The complainant and her family fled to Karachi owing to continuous life threats. The quashment and bail applications of accused Shoban Shaikh, Ahsan Ali, Roshan Ali and Kaleemullah were dismissed on November 12, 2007, April 4, 2007 and Sept 27, 2008 respectively.
Naseema’s father, HamzuLubano, registered FIR No 07/2007 at Ubaro Police Station, district Ghotki, on January 27, 2007, against Abdul Jabbar, Long Khan, Anwar Hussain, Shah Baig, Shehzada, Ali Hassan, Abdul Sattar Labano, Munawar Ali, Murzado (Ghulam Ullah), Khadim Hussain and Bashir Ahmed.
Police registered the said FIR under section 10, Zina Ordinance (E.H.O.) and under sections 354-A, 452, 147, 148, 149, 337–A (i), 337-F (i) P.P.C, against the accused. The charge sheet No 16/2007 dated February 16, 2007 was submitted by the investigation officer.
Out of the 11 accused persons, only eight accused namely Long Khan, Ali Hassan, Shahzado, Shah Baig, Abdul Jabbar, Bashir Ahmed, Khadim Hussain and Anwer Hussain were arrested. Three accused namely Morzadu, Munawar Hussain and Abdul Sattar have still not been apprehended. The accused Long Khan was released on bail on medical grounds by the district & session judge through order dated November 1, 2007, but he recently died in a road accident.
Owing to life threats, the complainant and her family were airlifted from Mirpur Mathelo to Karachi by the Sindh government. Faisal Siddiqi advocate is pursuing the case of gang rape victims pro bono.