Woman climbs pole to protest alleged rape

Published: March 30, 2012

Victim claimed that after an argument with her husband, Istakhar, three months ago, her friend Shamim took her to see Ashraf. She lived with Ashraf for about two months. Neha told us that she was raped by Ashraf on January 15.

LAHORE: 

A woman who claims to have been raped by a spiritual healer climbed up an electric pole on Thursday protesting Manga Mandi police’s failure to arrest the peer.

She was identified as 22-year-old Neha from Mauzabad. She was persuaded by some policemen to come down after half an hour of negotiation.

Ghalib Market SHO Amir Sheikh – who was called to the scene because the Gulberg SHO had been summoned to court – told The Express Tribune that initially two women carrying placards tried to block the traffic. One of them later climbed up an electricity pole in Liberty Market. The police were able to persuade her to descend after about half an hour. Sheikh said that Neha’s supporter continued to protest for longer. “We can’t really do anything…because the incident took place in Manga Mandi precinct,” the official said.

Sub-Inspector Nasir Hussain Shah of Manga Mandi police station, who is the investigating officer of the case, said that Neha had registered an FIR against Ashraf, a local peer, on March 28. “She claimed that after an argument with her husband, Istakhar, three months ago, her friend Shamim took her to see Ashraf. She lived with Ashraf for about two months. Neha told us that she was raped by Ashraf on January 15,” Shah said. He said the police had not arrested the peer because they had no evidence supporting the woman’s claim. The medical exam had not established rape though samples have been sent for a DNA test.

Ashraf lives in a room with his family, he said, “[The complainant] claims to have been raped in that room. How can she be raped there?” The sub-inspector said that Ashraf had denied the allegations.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of this post carried a headline that, after reader feedback and editorial consideration, was considered misleading and insensitive. The headline has been changed and the error is deeply regretted.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Anum
    Mar 30, 2012 - 3:05PM

    An earlier version of this post carried a headline that, after reader feedback and editorial consideration, was considered misleading and insensitive. The headline has been changed and the error is deeply regretted.<<

    While I dont know what the original headline was, I can guess quite accurately that it was sensationalized. Why does ET have to do this in the first place?

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  • umar
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Umm, this might not be the best way to protest a rape.

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  • KMFDM
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:37PM

    @umar:
    She can climb whatever she pleases.

    But seriously! she climbed a pole?

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  • Mar 31, 2012 - 12:53AM

    er ET why this particular picture is used for the rape-related news? what exactly does the broken glass signify? is it some subliminal symbolism for irretrievable honour? are you basically perpetuating the stereotype that a rape victim suffers irreparable blow to her honour & it (the izzat) would never be the same again?

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  • Cheripopindady
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:25PM

    @Pinky:
    Once you lose virginity, you cant really get it back.you gotta move on and stuff……..

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  • Mar 31, 2012 - 3:53PM

    @Cheripopindady
    um thanks for the lesson in obviousness..but not all victims are virgins (whereas this image is used for ALL such stories)
    even in this newsstory “Neha” was married to istakhar but after an argument with him, she somehow ended up with the peer…

    sigh ET should form a team to respond to comments! (not all of them, just the valid ones) #request

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  • sink the pink
    Apr 1, 2012 - 11:35AM

    @Pinky:
    I think CPD was using virginity loss in general terms. She may well not have been a kachi kalli but the point I guess was what is lost is lost and it could be virginity, honor etc. She need counselling so I wonder where the women libber brigade is.
    And speaking if poles, I wonder what Fried’s analysis would be!

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  • confused
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:11PM

    So she lived with this guy for 2 months. In his one room home where he lives with his family.

    Then she climbed an electric pole to protest

    Are we dealing with schizophrenia or some other psychiatric disorder with loss of connection with reality

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