Woman in Islamabad gang-raped by three men

ISLAMABAD: A woman was sexually assaulted by three men for more than 12 hours in a house on Kashmir Square in the federal capital.

According to the FIR registered by the Secretariat Police Station, the woman, a resident of G-12, was called by a man named Abdullah to show her the house for rent. The woman stated that Abdullah, Saad and a third friend caught hold of her and raped her multiple times.


Girl raped and burnt to death in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: A girl was kidnapped, raped and burnt to death in Kohsar Town. The victim’s body was discovered by the family from a water tank in a house under-construction at Old Kirpa Road.

The girl’s father, hailing from Mardan, claimed that his 7-year-old daughter went to a neighbour’s house with family members to attend a Quran Khwani. Upon noticing the girl missing, the family initiated a search for her.

After some time had passed, another family noticed a foul smell coming from their neighbour’s roof, which was under construction, and found a burnt cot. At the same time, the mother of the girl reported that she saw the daughter of her neighbour running out with a stranger from that residence. The family rushed to the roof and found their daughter’s burnt body lying in a water tank.

The body was shifted to the hospital for post-mortem where it was confirmed that the girl was raped.

A complaint has been lodged with the Kirpa Police Station who have held four suspects including the girl named by the family.


Kohat police arrest trafficking gangs’ ringleader

KOHAT: The female ringleader of an inter-provincial girls trafficking gang was arrested by the Kohat police on Tuesday.

SHO Gumbat Ayaz Hussain reported that Shaheen Bibi was arrested after a raid. The gang trafficked unsuspecting girls by first contracted marriages and then selling them into prostitution in different parts of the country.

According to the police, another gang member, Akhar Ali, had already been arrested. Charges of kidnapping and trafficking have been filled against both suspects in custody.


No prosecution for the bounced cheque of Vani: LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has ruled that a cheque given as a surety for performing the illegal custom of Vani, i.e. giving a woman in marriage as compensation for a crime, cannot lead to criminal prosecution.

Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh issued the ruling setting aside a lower court judgement and re-iterating the illegality of the custom of Vani.

The family of a man named Nawaz, who is in jail for killing a man called Faraz, set up a meeting with the victim’s legal heirs and village elders to broker a deal.

The village Panchayat decided that Nawaz would give his daughter’s hand in marriage to Gul Sher, the victim’s party and petitioner. Gul Sher was given a cheque of Rs1 million as a pledge of executing the Vani agreement.

Later, Nawaz refused the marriage and the cheque also bounced.

The deceased man’s brother filed an application under section 22-A Cr PC before the ex-officio justice of peace, Bhowana, contending that the petitioner was liable for dishonesty in issuing a cheque under 489-F of PPC. The judge accepted that application and ordered the police for the FIR, which was assailed before the LHC.

Justice Sheikh allowing the petition against the lower Court noted that the Supreme Court had already held that any Jirga or Panchayat must operate within the law and cannot make any arbitrary, unjust, illegal decision that goes against fundamental Constitutional rights.

The judge remarked that the Panchayat’s decision to resort to the custom of vali was not only un-Islamic but also illegal.

“Hence, the so-called compromise was void ab initio”.

Additionally, the judge affirmed that the bounced cheque was also void under section 24 of the Contract Act, 1872 because the consideration was unlawful and against public policy. Consequently, the ruling precluded the deceased from suing the petitioner.


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