Rights Watch | 28th January 2021

A junior doctor of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a woman. Khairpur police arrest 20 people for trying to marry a minor couple in Pir Goth, case registered under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013. Lahore High Court acquits two death row inmates, who had been languishing in prison for the past nine years, over insufficient evidence.

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Lahore doctor arrested for rape

A junior doctor at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore was arrested by Civil Lines police on Wednesday, January 27, for allegedly raping a girl in a private hostel. According to police, the woman was an unemployed nurse and was lured to the accused’s hostel room on the promise of a job. However, the accused drugged her food and drink, and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. Police are awaiting results of her medical examination to establish the veracity of her claim.

Wedding involving minors busted

Khairpur police on Wednesday halted a wedding involving a 14-year-old groom and a 13-year-old bride in Kot Dinal Shah, Pir Goth. Around 20 people including the minor groom were arrested while the nikkahkhwan managed to flee. A case has been registered under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013. Both children were produced in court today.

Death row inmates acquitted by LHC

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday acquitted death row inmates Imran Javed and Niamat Ali over insufficient evidence of their involvement in a multiple homicide case. Both men were accused of murdering four men, Muhammad Gulzar, Muhammad Irshad, Babar Ali and Nazir Hussain, while on their way to the district courts on October 4, 2011, and were given death on five counts by a trial court despite lacking evidence.