Rights Watch | September 18th 2020

-5 more relatives of the prime suspect in the motorway incident, Abid Malhi, held by the Punjab Police. -Bahawalpur Girl commits suicide following rape attempt -Boy dies during "exorcism"


5 more relatives of rape suspect Abid held

Punjab police have detained five more relatives of rape suspect Abid Malhi, in a village raid on a village in Kasur. Police raided Rao Khan Wala after intercepting Malhi’s call to his relatives.

Girl commits suicide after rape bid

A girl in Bahawalpur has reportedly committed suicide in shock after a rape attempt by a villager. The girl’s mother accused Khairpur Tamewali police of inaction against the suspect. Three police officials were arrested after the chief minister took notice of the incident.

Nine new polio cases in Punjab, Balochistan

Nine new polio cases, including seven of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2), have been confirmed in Punjab and Balochistan. In Punjab, Jhang reported three cVDPV2 cases and Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad one each. Two wild poliovirus cases have been reported from Rahim Yar Khan and Killa Saifullah in Balochistan respectively.

Boy dies of torture during an exorcism

A faith healer has been arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan for allegedly torturing a boy to death during an exorcism. Teenager Muhammad Akash died of injuries after being beaten by Ijaz Hussain, family members told police in their complaint.