Rights Watch | 31st May 2021

Carabinieri police in Italy have launched an investigation into the possible 'honour' killing of an 18-year-old Pakistani-origin girl, Saman, by her relatives for resisting an arranged marriage with a cousin in Pakistan. For more news on human rights abuses, keep reading.


Pakistani-origin girl in Italy likely murdered for ‘honour’

Carabinieri police in Italy have launched an investigation into the possible murder of an 18-year-old Pakistani-origin girl, Saman, believed to have been murdered by her parents, an uncle and two cousins for refusing an arranged marriage with a relative in Pakistan.

The girl was moved to shelter home after alerting social services last year in November while she was still a minor. Saman had also reported her parents to the police but eventually returned to them on the 11th of April.

An investigation was formally launched when police found their home in Novellara empty during a check on the 5th of May. Footage from a nearby security camera showed five people equipped with shovels, a crowbar and a bucket leaving the house in the dark and returning two-and-a-half hours later. The footage is dated April 29. Police also later discovered that Saman’s family had left for Pakistan without her.

Police have yet to find the girl’s body during an ongoing search in a nearby farmland where she is suspected to have been buried.

Suspect arrested for involvement in gang rape, murder of minor girl in Sialkot

Police on Sunday, May 30, recovered the body of a missing seven-year-old girl buried in an under-construction house in Ratta Jathol-Qila village in Kalarwala, Pasrur tehsil, on identification by the prime suspect.

According to police, the girl vanished some four days ago while on her way to a nearby seminary. After she had been reported missing by her parents, police were able to apprehend one Iqbal who confessed to having raped the minor along with his accomplices and later murdering her.

The deceased has been shifted to the Pasrur tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital for an autopsy while police are on the hunt for the remaining suspects.

Five booked for gang-raping 16-year-old boy, uploading the incident online

Dera Ismail Khan police have booked five suspects seen gang-raping a 16-year-old boy in a video being circulated online.

Reportedly, the incident occurred between April 12 and May 12 in the Kari Shamozai area. The police were alerted to the crime when the rape survivor’s father complained of the video being shared online.

An FIR has been registered against the five accused who were promptly identified through the video.