Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rape of 15-Year-Old Girl in Narowal
A man who was found guilty of rape has been given a 10-year jail sentence by Additional District and Sessions Judge Rana Tariq Mahmood in Narowal.
The case relates to an incident in April 2022, where a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by her husband, Mudassar Hussain, as reported by her sister in Mohallah Siddiqpura.
The Narowal City police arrested and prosecuted Hussain following laboratory tests and investigations. The judge also ordered him to pay Rs200,000 in compensation to the survivor, with an additional six months of imprisonment if he fails to pay.
Unidentified person shoots and kills five-year-old boy in Rawalpindi
According to the police, an unidentified individual shot and killed a five-year-old boy in the Race Course police station area.
The victim’s father, Ibrahim Khan, reported the incident and stated that he had left his son, Yousuf Ibrahim, on a cot in a scrap yard while he went to a nearby store to buy juice. When he heard a gunshot, he hurried back and found his son injured. The boy was taken to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The police have filed a murder case against the perpetrator, and an investigation is underway. In a separate incident, two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in the Range Road area on Sunday.
Islamabad issues rules for Hindu Marriage Act, allowing minority customs
Islamabad has issued rules for the Hindu Marriage Act 2017, enabling members of the minority community to marry according to their customs. The rules, called the ‘Islamabad Capital Territory Hindu Marriage Rules 2023’, have been sent to all union councils for implementation.
Under the rules, a Maharaj, a Hindu male with knowledge of the religion, can be appointed to solemnise marriages. Like registered nikah-khawans for Muslims, respective union councils will issue a marriage certificate to the appointed Maharaj.
The rules also allow Hindus to approach courts in Islamabad under the West Pakistan Family Courts Act 1964 in case of marriage disputes. The move has been hailed as a major step towards ensuring the rights of the minority community in Pakistan.
Capital Police Rescue 1.5-Year-Old Child Sold by Parents
A child who was sold by their parents for 1.5 million rupees has been rescued. The incident, which highlights the impact of poverty, occurred in the federal capital of Islamabad.
The local police were alerted to the situation and were able to locate and recover the one-and-a-half-year-old child with the assistance of ASI Nasreen Abbasi, a female investigator from the Abpara police station.
The SHO of the relevant police station has stated that an investigation is currently underway and appropriate legal action will be taken.