Rights Watch | 17 August 2020

Rights Watch


Minor girl raped and murdered in Charsadda

Five-year-old Seema, a resident of Kheshgi Payan in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was found raped and murdered in an abandoned poultry farm near her house on August 15. According to the victim’s father, Imran Khan, Seema had gone outside to play but did not return. The family launched a search for the missing girl and were led to the poultry farm by local children who noticed blood spatters near the site.

The girl’s body was recovered from a gunny sack, with three blades and two blood-stained bricks next to the corpse. The girl’s face had been badly mutilated – Khan stated that Seema’s body bore torture marks while his wife claimed she had been raped before being murdered.

The body was surrendered to the family after a postmortem examination at the Khyber Medical University in Peshawar. Results are awaited.

An FIR has been lodged against the yet-to-be-identified culprit(s) under section 302 (punishment for killing with intent) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Child Protection Act. According to reports, police have managed to arrest an 18 year old neighbor suspected to have killed the girl.

Naushahro Feroze boy assaulted by seminary teacher

A 12 year old seminary student of Buddak village was sexually assaulted by one Maulvi Ghulam Abbas Setho in Naushahro Feroze, Sindh. The incident came to light when footage of the seminary teacher molesting the child went viral on social media. The video was reportedly shot by a former student, who had heard the boy’s cries – the former student had also previously been assaulted by Setho, but his complaints were not taken seriously by his parents.

And FIR was registered against the seminary teacher on the complaint of the 12 year old boy’s mother. Police stated they had received footage of the accused molesting another student, but did not file a case as the victim did not lodge a complaint.

The recent victim’s family claims the accused is an influential person, and is being backed by the police. Furthermore, the family is being pressured to withdraw the case.

Girls rescued from being sold in Swabi

Police rescued 12 year old Hasna and 11 year old Asma, who were being transported to Punjab from Dagai village in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after their father, Hidayatullah, had sold them off to a yet-to-be-identified buyer. Police stated that the girls had been sold for Rs. 350,000, with an advance of Rs. 50,000 paid to one Mumtaz who brokered the sale.

According to locals, girls were being routinely sold into prostitution by their parents due to poverty. The police have managed to arrest the father of the two girls, while the hunt for the broker is still on-going.

Woman shot and injured for honour in Lahore

Arzoo, a resident of Lahore, sustained a bullet wound after her brother, Abid, opened fire on her in what is being investigated as an honour-crime. The victim’s family was opposed to her marriage with one Zaman some months prior to the incident. Arzoo is receiving treatment for her injury, while police are on the lookout for the accused on the complaint of the victim’s husband.

Education for prisoners

The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched a project to extend educational services to inmates in prisons across the country, with the aim of transforming inmates into responsible citizens for when they have completed their sentences. Admission forms and an Autumn prospectus have been issued, while tutorials, workshops and final exams will be organized in collaboration with jail authorities. In the first phase of the project, 12 jails have been fitted with libraries and provided with books.