June 9th, 2021
By Baseer Qalandar
The mother of 17 year old Anam, who was stoned to death by her grandfather in Haripur’s Bir Union Council, said that the accused’s claim of carrying out the murder to ‘restore honour’ was an attempt to cover up his rape of the girl.
According to the victim’s parents, their family were settled in Khalabat Township for the past couple of years. A few days ago, Anum went with her grandfather Muhammad Yasin to his home in Kani Kot village and was expected to return on Sunday, June 6th. However, in the evening, the elderly man returned saying that she had drugged him with candy when they had stopped for a brief rest along the way, and went on to ‘elope’ with her boyfriend.
The deceased’s father, Muhammad Saleem, went out to look for her and eventually found her brutalized body in the hills around Lara Gali near Kani Kot village around 11 PM that day. On Monday, June 7th, Saleem called the Haripur police station to report the murder. Police arrived on the spot and shifted the body to the Haripur Trauma Center – the move was accompanied by the accused.
Haripur SP Investigation Mujeeb-ur-Rehman told Voicepk.net that based on Saleem’s statement immediate suspicion was on Yasin. The accused was held by the police for interrogation, who immediately confessed to murdering his granddaughter for “honour”. He told police that the girl had developed relations, and had caught her calling her boyfriend with his cell-phone and making plans to run off with him.
Yasin stated he confronted Anam about this on the way to her parents’ home and an argument ensued, following which he assaulted her with a barrage of slaps and then finally killed her by bashing her head with a rock. He also nominated two others for aiding him in carrying out the crime.
However, the deceased’s mother has denied this story, alleging that Yasin had raped his own granddaughter in the hills and then left her there in a precarious condition. When a rainstorm rolled in, he returned to the spot where Anam lay and murdered her. She alleged the accused was using ‘honour’ as an excuse to cover up the rape.
SP Mujeeb-ur-Rehman states that the mother’s claims can only be verified after the post-mortem report, which has yet received.