Probe ordered into Aurat March slogans

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Sunday, March 14, announced that alleged ‘blasphemous slogans’ raised at the Aurat March and the Aurat Azadi March last Monday were being investigated, promising that cases will be registered against ‘culprits’. The announcement comes after a doctored video of Aurat March attendees in Karachi made the rounds on social media in which they can be heard chanting blasphemous things.

Aurat March organizers condemned the false video as an attempt to delegitimize and mar the women’s rights movement in Pakistan, and shared the original video on their socials.

Minister Qadri also stated that all persons involved in photoshopping doctoring images of banners and flags at the rallies will also be investigated.

Three in remand for rape at Larkana hospital

A Larkana judicial magistrate on Saturday sent an operating theatre technician and two other staff members in police custody for five days in a case involving the rape of a patient at the Larkana General Hospital.

On Friday, the husband of the 25-year-old rape survivor filed a complaint at the Sachal police station against a doctor and his three assistants, stating that his wife was to undergo surgery for a broken leg at the hospital. However, upon administering the anesthesia, the accused proceeded to rape the woman who was still conscious at the time of the assault.

Police apprehended the accused after a case was lodged under sections 376 (rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), but released the doctor upon questioning. The remaining three have been detained and their DNA samples sent to a laboratory. Police have also sealed the operation theater where the alleged incident took place and retrieved CCTV footage of the hospital premises.

The medico-legal report of the rape survivor is awaited.

ASI booked for raping woman in Taxila

The Rawalpindi regional police officer (RPO) on Sunday directed the Wah Cantonment police to register a case against a Fatehjang police station ASI for raping a woman.

According to the complainant, she had been sexually assaulted and blackmailed into keeping mum about the incident with videos of the assault by the accused policeman. Moreover, the accused had also submitted a fake marriage certificate.

She had initially approached the Wah Cantt police to register a case but was forced to withdraw her complaint. She then lodged a petition with the additional sessions judge Taxila under whose directives the RPO ordered Wah Cantt police to register the case.