Blackmail cause of MBBS student’s suicide, investigation confirms

Police investigation into the January 9 suicide by Asmat Rajput, a student enrolled in the MBBS programme of the Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women (PUMHSW), confirmed that she was being blackmailed by one Shaman Solangi and his accomplices and, in distress, took her life.

Per the chargesheet submitted to a judicial magistrate by Dadu Police Station SHO Ashfaq Ahmed Mangi, Asmat committed suicide after the accused and his wife Naeema paid a visit to her family in Sita Road Town. The pair presented Asmat and Shaman’s nikahnama to the former’s family and demanded they surrender the girl to them on the threat of uploading the marriage certificate to social media. However, prior to this visit, the victim had already informed her family that Shaman’s family had been blackmailing her with the fake document and extorting her for money.

Asmat’s family refused to hand her over, however as soon as Shaman and his wife left her home, she shot herself. The victim left a suicide note.

The investigation found that Maulvi Mohammad Idrees, who had allegedly performed the nikah, was not a registered nikahkhwan. Police also recovered bank records that showed large transfers had been made from Asmat’s bank account to Shaman’s during the entire period she was being blackmailed. Moreover, according to call and text data, the accused had sent copies of the fake marriage certificate to the PUMHSW administration and the victim’s parents when the payments to his bank account stopped, and repeatedly threatened to upload the document on social media.

Police also determined Shaman’s son Faizan and two other accomplices Lakhmir Solangi and Imdad Solangi were also involved in the blackmailing. Shaman, Naeema, Maulvi Idrees, Faizan and Lakhmir are currently in police custody, however Imdad has so far managed to evade arrest.

Two Karachi women held for female infanticide

Frere police on Sunday arrested a woman and her daughter for tossing out a newborn girl from moving ambulance on Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman road some days ago.

According to official reports, one of the accused had given birth to a girl in the ambulance of a private hospital in the Delhi Colony area. The suspects were traced with the help of CCTV cameras.

Four cops get life for extrajudicial killing

Deepalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Zulfiqar awarded life imprisonment and an additional 10-year imprisonment to four policemen charged with killing a suspected criminal in an encounter in 2015.

A complaint under sections 302 (punishment for intentional murder) and 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code was filed by the family of the victim, Sabri, against SHO Nawab Ali Dogar, ASI Muhammad Malik, and contables Malik Maqsood, Malik Altaf, Rao Ausaf and Rao Farooq. After a seven-year-long trial, the court awarded life as well as 10 years imprisonment to Nawab Ali Dogar, who had retired, Muhammad Malik, Malik Altaf and Rao Farooq, while Malik Maqsood and Rao Ausaf were acquitted of all charges.

The judge ordered the convicts to also pay Rs. 500,000 under section 302 and Rs. 100,000 under section 364 to Sabir’s heirs. The accused face an additional six months imprisonment in case of default paying either fine.

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