Rights Watch | 3rd February 2021

Case lodged against four in Lahore, including husband and mother-in-law, for beating and strangling to death a woman for not siring a son. Saddar police arrest a man for repeatedly raping his 16-year-old daughter for the past three months in their home in Chak 439 GB, Faisalabad. Supreme Court moved to prompt government to formally request India to launch inquiry into mass-death of 11 Pakistani Hindus in Jodhpur.

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Lahore woman beaten, strangled to death by in-laws

A mother of two minor girls succumbed to injuries sustained from violent beatings by her husband and in-laws in Lahore’s Gujjarpur area on Monday, February 1.

According to the FIR registered on the complaint of Abid Ali, the deceased’s brother, Saba (30) had married Jahangir some four years back. The couple had two daughters together, with the youngest being just four months old. Ali alleged that his sister was verbally and physically abused by her in-laws for failing to produce a son, however the disputes were resolved by family elders.

However, on Monday, Ali and his family were informed that Saba was being tortured once again. Upon reaching the scene, they found Saba unconscious with marks on her face and around her neck. They immediately took her to a hospital however she did not survive the torture. Her in-laws in the meanwhile managed to flee.

A case has been registered against Jahangir, his mother Neelo Begum, his brother Saleem and his brother-in-law Shabbir. The FIR states that Saba was beaten before she was strangled to death.

Faisalabad man arrested for raping teen daughter

Saddar police arrested one Naveed, a resident of Chak 439 GB Mahalam in Faisalabad, for repeatedly raping his 16-year-old daughter for the past three months.

According to complainant Haleema, the girl’s mother, she had confronted her husband for molesting their daughter earlier. However, Naveed threatened both mother and daughter to never mention this to anyone at gunpoint. Haleema contended that the accused would slip her sleeping pills in her tea, and would molest their daughter while the mother was knocked out.

On Monday, the complainant did not drink the spiked tea and managed to witness her husband raping the teen girl. Raising an alarm, she managed to take her daughter with her to the complainant’s parents’ home and inform them of the assault.

A case has been registered under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the Naveed who is currently in police custody. Meanwhile, police are awaiting the medical test results of the rape survivor.

Apex Court moved for inquiry into mass death of Pakistani Hindus in Jodhpur

The lone survivor of a Pakistani Hindu family has moved the Supreme Court to prod the federal government to request a formal inquiry into the mysterious mass death of 11 members of her family on August 9, 2020 in India.

The petition was submitted by Shrimati Mukhani, resident of the Thar Desert, and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA and Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, to to a three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial through their counsel, senior advocate Syed Qalbe Hassan.

The petitioners claimed that the ashes of the deceased have yet to even return to Pakistan to complete the proper funeral rites, and pleaded that it is the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan to approach the Indian government and demand a formal inquiry into the confounding deaths of the Pakistanis that had migrated and settled in Lodta village in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, back in 2015.

The bench issued notices to the secretaries of the Interior, the Foreign office and the Pakistan High Commission in India, and sought the assistance of Attorney-General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan for the inquiry.

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