Brutalised and humiliated: 13-year-old raped and paraded

Published: June 21, 2011

Rusksana* was raped and paraded in streets on Saturday allegedly by two sons of a local landlord, their friend and an uncle. PHOTO: FILE

VEHARI: 

Four men named in a gang-rape case were arrested on Monday after the family of the 13-year-old victim blocked the National Highway to protest against the police for failing to arrest them.

Rusksana* was raped and paraded in streets on Saturday allegedly by two sons of a local landlord, their friend and an uncle.

SHO Aslam Ghumman said that the families stopped the agitation only after they were assured that the accused will not be released until the investigation of the case was complete. However, he said that nothing had been established so far. Vehari DPO Nasir Ali Rizvi told The Express Tribune that a detailed inquiry will be required before the matter was taken to the court.

Victims’ brother, Ahsan, has appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take a suo motto notice of the case.

According to the complaint filed with the police, Rukhsana was kidnapped from Chak 88 on her way home from the canal where she had gone to wash clothes with her mother. She said she was gang-raped by Javed and Irfan, sons of an influential landlord; their uncle Ijaz; and their friend Imran. She was then paraded naked in the streets.

Rukhsana told police that she had tried to escape, but her kidnappers had pursued and caught her.

“They tore my clothes and tried to drag me back into the house,” she said. She said two women, mother and sister-in-law of the accused, had also joined the men and beaten her with iron rods.

“Some people came to my help and somebody called my mother, but they wouldn’t stop,” she said.

Surayya, the victim’s mother, said she was called by a neighbour. She said she thought her daughter had gone back to the canal.

“I rushed to the scene and begged them to let her go. I covered her with my shawl but they tore it away too. Some people in the neighbourhood then helped me bring her home.”

Police said that Ahsan had had a scuffle with Javed and Irfan a few days ago. They said the two bothers had threatened him of dire consequences. Some neighbours had had to intervene.

The police were reluctant to take any step against the accused, he said.

On Monday, the residents of the area and relatives of the victim gathered on the National Highway to protest against the police.

The accused have denied the charges and claimed that Ahsan had entered their house and tried to rape their sister. They said he had accused them to cover up the matter.

*Names have been changed to protect the victim’s identity

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • Modasar
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:36AM

    Oh god i only wish if i was in Police chief i would shoot any man who even try to look at a girls/women. Pakistan sucks cuz of police!Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 2:39AM

    Im sickened to read this !!! what has become of our society – !!!Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 21, 2011 - 3:03AM

    Whyy such terrible things happening in my country? I can only wish it were not trure.Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 3:13AM

    Why oh why is it so difficult to get a national consensus to bring an end ot such acts! there is always someone or some point made to excuse such actions!Recommend

  • Zain
    Jun 21, 2011 - 3:31AM

    So sad to see such events taking place in Pakistan..people involved in acts like these should be hanged to death!Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jun 21, 2011 - 3:41AM

    Ghairut brigade has only one quam ke beti, the terrorist Aafia Siddiqui. All other women brutalized, raped, mutilated, burned, paraded naked in Pakistan must be non-muslim and, therefore,wajb-ul-qatl.Recommend

  • Leila Rage
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:09AM

    Not one single day goes by that I do NOT read some news about a female (adult, teenager, young girl, and even toddlers) being raped. Why is Pakistan full of such cruel, heartless, ruthless, sick and depraved perverts? Why aren’t any of them EVER punished? WHY DOESNT ANYONE PUT AN END TO THIS???? I hate the fact that Pakistan is my country. I hate belonging to a place where such crimes happen EVERY DAY and go UN-PUNISHED; where perverts roam free and torment innocent women and even YOUNG CHILDREN.
    These men should be tortured in prison, publicly whipped until they are nearly dead and then should be paraded through the streets and castrated and hanged. May such people die in pain, may they rot in hell for their HEINOUS crimes, may God make everyday a torment for them. May they never ever be happy or find peace or safety. I hope some one throws them in a tub of acid. May they suffer.
    And why would anyone make up a story of rape? What a flimsy explanation they gave. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:13AM

    What’s it take to fire a policeman in Pakistan? If you won’t arrest someone for gang rape it’s doubtful you would arrest them for anything. Recommend

  • Rashid Khan
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:55AM

    Hang the culprits! It will never be done nor will appropriate justice be meted out to them. Witnesses will be manipulated and the victims will be threatened – evidence will be suppressed. The political network of landlords in the region will be activated and ofcourse the police officer investigating the case will be jumping with joy at the prospect of windfall in the form of bribes and payouts heading his way.
    It would be interesting to study the background of these landlords. In all probability they are beneficiaries of some land allotment scheme or land grabbers probably tenants who grabbed lands vacated by departing Hindus and Sikhs at the time of partition. Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 21, 2011 - 6:14AM

    :(. God, damn them! Shame on us. There was a report a few days ago that we along with our neighbours, india & afghanistan are unsafest on earth. Y’day, in india, therewas a rape of 13 year old.
    All we can do is hide behind the veil of moralty & act like cowards. Shame on us southasians. We are worse than those conflict ridden african states. Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 6:37AM

    How do people even justify such action payback regardless of what supposedly triggered it? How does someone sit there angry desiring payback and all of a sudden jumps up saying “I know! I’ll beat, gang rape and humiliate a child who had no involvement rather than being a man and keeping it man-to-man. Nobody will be able to deny my stance in the conflict was superior after that!”Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:18AM

    @TightDhoti: I agree with you 100%. If we cannot agree even on these issues then we don’t have much hope. I see debate on an abducted child bomber and being a brother and father myself cannot understand why justify any of these worst crimes known to human. My main observation is that we Pakistanis have justification of everything that is wrong with us. Always attacking and accusing the bearer of the bad news first by denying it then making it somebody else’s fault.

    Regards,
    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:34AM

    Is this what Islam is all about ?Recommend

  • Braveheart
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:23AM

    They need to be shot to deathRecommend

  • Nobody
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:27AM

    Disgusting and sadly far too common… what bothers me even more is when I hear about women taking part in such atrocities against other women. Sad fact is that this little girl may never get justice… Recommend

  • Sultan Khan
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Its a much pleasure that after all we are also following the cursed western ways.Although it were we who were ordered by God to protect the honour and dignity of fellow beings but the West followed it in letter and spirit.They never disclosed the identity and location of the victim and her family was relocated to some other place so that they may live the rest of their lives in peace after having gone through such a trauma.In contrast to this the Pakistani media was very fond of providing the fullest details of the incident and the victims throughout the country.Along with them even our so called Prime Ministers used to visit the homes of the victims under the full glare of TV cameras so as to gain cheap popularity.However, thanks to the Newspaper for hiding the victim’s identity.It would be better if even the location is changed.Recommend

  • Babar
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Congratulations!Recommend

  • eymaad
    Jun 21, 2011 - 12:36PM

    @Tariq: what religion has to do with it? Recommend

  • Muhammad Wasif
    Jun 21, 2011 - 1:55PM

    Ay Allah, destroy them who did this all. This is not Quaid’s Pakistan, If all this will happen, what will be consequences?Recommend

  • Humaira Mustafa
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:10PM

    This sort of incidents unfortunately, are rampant in our society. Now due to influx of multiple media sources, we come to know about them through news along-with footage, leaving lasting impact on everyone’s minds.Awareness is the first step, until and unless concrete measures are taken to curb these crimes, awareness alone is not enough. We have to single-mindedly reform our police system, which alone is responsible for most of the crimes in our country.Recommend

  • anum
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:52PM

    this is purely disgusting.. what are these men thinking when they do all of this? Recommend

  • Mujaddad alf saani
    Jun 21, 2011 - 5:08PM

    Only one solution to theproblem . For Allah sake save ur children from this global media don’t give them free hand on internet or mobile gps put some kinda filter on the net Recommend

  • Leila Rage
    Jun 21, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @Sultan Khan: What is “Western” about rape? It happens EVERYWHERE. At least in Western nations people have the HOPE of REAL justice, and criminals, if caught, are mostly PUNISHED and not set free.Recommend

  • Zaraf
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Shoot at Sight!!! Shoot them all, and dont please dont criticize rangers then…Recommend

  • Ruhina Hashmi
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @Leila Rage:
    I would have copy pasted ur comments, for that is exactly how I feel. The big question looms – and will, as always, go unanswered – WHY?? But as Muslims all we can do is believe – there is a ‘yaum-ud-din’ – the day of Reckoning. I firmly believe you and I and others like us, will get our prayers fulfilled and see such people get their due. Amen!Recommend

  • Ruhina Hashmi
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:49PM

    @Tariq:
    That is such a senseless comment. What on earth has Islam got to do with the moral depravity of such animals??? Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:01PM

    What makes me sicker are the comment, blaming everything from the media to westernization to not following Islam properly. Its simple really: if the police and society in general let people get away with rape, they shall occur more. Register a case and hang the culprits already!Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Well, one should note that most of these cases are either from Interior Sindh or Vihari / Okara / Multan, etc. Thanks to Allah that in Karachi few rare such cases are ever seen. Vihari is fast becoming Pakistan’s sickest town. Recommend

  • Leila Rage
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:23AM

    @Ameer Hamza: Have you all ready forgotten the equally sick case of the gang rape victim who’s body was dumped in a supposedly “safe” neighbourhood in Karachi in December 2010?Recommend

  • Javad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 1:51AM

    I am not aware if the law permits a death sentence to a rapist, but if it not, the government should change law and set an example by punishing those involved in this gangrape with a death sentence.

    Unfortunately I don´t expect any justice given to the girl and neither do I expect our incompetent and corrupt government to ensure women rights are upheld in future.Recommend

  • Javad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:14AM

    It is the pakistani establishment which includes top politicians, military, civil servants, landlords and top businessmen who is responsible for the crippled justice in our society. Its utopia to think they will reform police or other department which is upholding their power. We neeed to change this unfair power structure in Pakistan. Until then we shouldn´t expect justice.
    Our peculiar nature of enduring all sorts of crisis without even tweeting once is the reason why our country is in decline. If we want to bring a change, let’s stop tolerating their lies and corrupt practices.

    Long live Pakistan! Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 8:54AM

    For those desiring some type of reform…

    If you take history into consideration, if you look at every area that share the traits of your desires they all have one thing in common.

    It was always the common citizens that brought about that change. Not the government and not the military. It has to happen that way. The government and military have the ability to do so and always has. If they have not even attempted it, they never will. Notice the severity of your emotions in regard to these things. Can you really see people who have the ability and power to bring on the change actually dragging their feet if they truly saw it like you do?

    This is a common scenario in history. The government and military mislead, abuse and lie to the people. While it stays verbal, people tend to tolerate it. However, when it starts reflecting its view of superiority by treating the lives of the people as defective and inconvenient trash who they won’t hesitate to kill like they’re stepping on a bug… Well, people who are fearful of something will try to anticipate the future for the sake of their own safety. Parents will also consider their children’s future under those circumstances as well. When they finally come to terms with the reality of the present and future with inspiration from the past, the answer becomes clear. The people will never have a government and military they approve of until they’re setup by those same people with the right intentions. And for the people to be able to set them up, they have to bring them down. To them, your “right intentions” aren’t “right” for them. Therefor you need to remove them from the decision making position with your own hands. Remember, they believe they’re superior to you. Don’t think that your arguments hold much if any weight to them. You won’t be taken seriously until you show them that you have the ability to contend with them as equals and have a reason to worry about the outcome of them not working with you. The nasty part is, that battle is fought in the style of making one agreeable to becoming submissive to the other. They already knowingly have the dominant role and believe they know what is best. You need to add some doubt to that certainty or you’ll remain nothing.

    It really just comes down to how bad you want it. It’s tragic but, it’s far from unheard of.

    I don’t like to imply such a thing as a good choice. But, the fact is, it’s the only way out once the people are backed far enough into a corner and want to get out of it.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:51AM

    May Allah protect us from His anger and curse. Allah it is our fault, society as a whole who just watch, read theses barbaric crimes of these animals and do nothing. Allah please forgive me for being part of this crime…Mafi!Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Neither they should be hanged nor they should be shot dead… infact they should be stoned to death by law enforc agencies on a crossroad with full media coverage so that all people who have such intentions in future should think thound times before doing such things.

    @Tariq:
    From your name, it seems you are a muslim.
    If you are a muslim then why you are asking “Is this what Islam is all about?” why you do not know Islam, it is very simple and basic that what is islamic and anti-islamic.
    Please have some life… have a courage to show your identity…
    Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jun 22, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Where else but THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN! How fitting that the religion of peace has such misunderstanders of islamic teachings. Recommend

  • JS
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:23PM

    So what if little girls are being raped and paraded….lets just celebrate BB’s birthday and/or ZAB’s birthday and/or fight for our brothers in Kashmir and/or create “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and/or pretend us “pure” pakistanis were put here to be the judge and jury for all religious matters and/or get offended by anyone with a slightly different religious view. Recommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    Jun 22, 2011 - 7:48PM

    @bharat. Please be sensitive. In India just a few days ago, their were 6 rapes within 24 hours. Dilip – Johannesburg.Recommend

  • Greg
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:22PM

    It’s the culture, and an example of why that culture is totally incompatible with Western and any civilized society’s values. IMO they sick and demented, which makes them dangerous.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Jun 23, 2011 - 6:17AM

    India has highest number of rapes in the world. Recommend

  • Kieron
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:02AM

    It is so nice to hear dissenting voices from within Islam about this barbaric behaviour.

    Stand up and be heard.Recommend

  • Mazhar Hussain
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Dear all wht v need is the true leadership. Hazrat Omer (R.A.) said: “Evn if a dog dies at the bank of River Faraat, I will be answerable to Allah on the day ov judgement”. Imagine if this innocent girl will b the daughter of our president or prime minister???? No one will evn jz think ov doing all this wd her coz he knws tht he will b punished badly within no time… JUSTICE JUSTICE v need JUSTICE…. if the conditions prevail like this m sorry to say wht our future will be n THE CONSEQUENCES m nt evn wna to think about…Recommend

  • anonymous
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Only one solution to theproblem . For Allah sake save ur children from this global media don’t give them free hand on internet or mobile gps put some kinda filter on the net …this how we are bringing up our young generation..please I beg government to ban these sights o know its not difficult for concerned authorities ,keep a check on internet cafes, first and foremost video shops who sell them openly.this will not stop these crimes but atleast it will reduce them
    Stoning to death..might give them fear .Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:26PM

    @Bharat:
    @Kieron:
    FYI Among developed countries Sweden (53/10000 ppl), USA (29), UK (23), South Africa are on top of the list inspite of these facts that they have very strong & efficient law enforcement agencies.
    Many countries including india have very high rate of rape as compared to Pakistan.as Pakistan stands on #111 among all the countries (india on #56).

    But your point is right it should not atleast happen in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is just beacause in an islamic republic not everybody is following even the fundamental principles of Islam. In Pakistan, law enforcement agencies are not as efficient as in developed countries. Then what might be the reason which stops people from doing so? These are the Islamic teachings & if provided with stronger law enforcement agencies then it might be reduced even more. Further is islamic punishment for the rapist is implemented (i.e 70 times whipped & if more serious case then stoned to death – somebody correct me if i am wrong as i do not know the details which one is applicable under what conditions) then it can be eradicated from our society.
    I Hope everything is clear. Recommend

  • UMAIR
    Jun 23, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Its all because of Police, in most of the cases Police directly involved in such mishaps. Police has become “panderer of innocent girls”Recommend

  • Appalled
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:32PM

    I am appalled and amazed by the responses, thankfully a small minority of the whole, that say India or USA have more cases of rape.
    Does that somehow absolve Pakistani society of this crime? Why should everything be measured as a comparison between Pakistan and India?
    Moreover, who knows how well such rankings (56 v 111) reflect the truth?
    Better policed places have better reporting, it could well be (and we know that it is) that in Pakistan instances of rape are under-reported (to avoid social stigma, under pressure from the powerful and so on).
    That this case has been reported, is good news. I would encourage the reporter to check in 3 months, 6 months, etc. And report back to the readers – such that by doing so, pressure may be exerted on the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. Recommend

  • Leila Rage
    Jun 24, 2011 - 12:17AM

    @Waqas Dilawar: I think in Pakistan rape is so very rampant that no one will be deterred by fear of 70 lashes. We should begin by imposing an extreme death and torture penalty so that people actually have to fear for their LIVES when they even think of committing such crimes. Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Criminals should be left over in the hands of the relatives of the victim.We have to unite ourselves against such ashamed acts. I appreciate media to keep highlighting these issues and we should keep on supporting the vibrant media of PakistanRecommend

  • Anti-misogyny
    Jun 26, 2011 - 10:01AM

    @Leila Rage:
    We must form a rescue and retaliation squad to battle these ghastly and wicked rapists and molesters. Gather more people with similar ideas! ex-military, ex-LEO, ex-intel, ex-PI, ex-politicians, and people with burning hearts needed.Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:34AM

    @Leila Rage:
    I have complete agreement with you that punishment should be as extreme as a death penalty. Infact according to islamic laws punishment of a rapist is more severe than that of a murderer. According to my information, person whipped 70 times faces death even before 70. Any concerned having firm knowledge can advice if it is wrong. Stoning to death is the most severe penalty which is for a rapist in islamic sharia.Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:51AM

    @Appalled:
    Some times it is necessary to show the facts & stats to those who are trying to mislead the people by spreading false information. The stats i have mentioned are in consideration of the police reporting rate like the USA stats are according to 15% to 16% police reporting.
    It is agreed that whatever the rate is we should not bear such activities and have to do something practically as you have suggested instead of criticising our country and blaming our religion for this. Same things, some people make them their weakness and some people learn & make them their strength. We have to strengthen us so that people around us should feel secure.
    If our laws will be effective enough, people will also start reporting & helping law enforcement agencies.Recommend

  • Bjorn
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Waqas Dilawar: one should be careful when comparing crime statistics from different countries. Especially when it comes to Sweden, the legal definition of rape is very wide and includes things that are not considered rape in other countries. For example, any sexual activity with a person younger than 15 years old is considered rape, even if it is consensual. There is also the problem that people in some countries do not have any trust in the police taking their reports seriously, and not bothering to report crimes. See for example how the police reacted in this case.

    On the whole it is very difficult to know the actual rate of crimes in different nations, and rape is especially difficult since it is often perpetrated in private and the shame factor is high.Recommend

  • Chowder
    Jun 29, 2011 - 4:18AM

    We in the rest of the world watch Pakistan, waiting for a sign that there is any humanity left in that country, Only the people of Pakistan can stop these atrocities. Who will stand up and risk the ridicule and wrath of the clerics to lead the way to the 21st century?Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Is parading a new trend in Pakistan now ?
    Obviously the landlord will bribe and get their way out of this one.

    Recommend

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