Life-saving text: Gang abducts women, arranges their marriage in rural Sindh

Published: July 24, 2012

A kidnapping ring in Karachi is abducting women and ‘arranges’ their marriages in rural Sindh. PHOTO: FURSID/FILE


A kidnapping ring in Karachi is abducting women and ‘arranges’ their marriages in rural Sindh.

This came to surface after a woman, Rifat Jahan, was found from a remote area near Faiz Ganj, in Khairpur district.

Jahan’s husband, Mehmood Ali, had registered a case for his wife’s kidnapping on June 19 at Super Market police station. He had stated that his wife had been kidnapped with their two children, 2.5 -year old Mashail and five-year-old Mehrooz.

According to Ali, the kidnappers did not call him for ransom. While being held hostage, Jahan managed to send her husband a text message but she couldn’t tell him where she was. Sometime later, she sent another text, through a maid of the house she was being kept in and told her husband that she was being held near Faiz Ganj.

When the kidnappers found out that Jahan sent a text they beat her severely.

The investigation officer, Karim Dad, told Express News that Jahan’s husband had informed the police immediately about the text. The police took help of Citizens-Police Liaison Committee and were able to trace Jahan’s location.

When the police raided the house, the captors escaped with Jahan and her children. However, Jahan was found after couple of hours when they searched the area. She told the police that her kidnappers were forcing her to get married. There were four men and two women in the house where she was kept.

Karim Dad believed that the kidnappers had been tipped off before the raid and escaped.

The mobile SIM used by Jahan for sending texts was registered in the name of Abdul Rehman. But when the police traced the address they found out that Rehman had died several years ago.

They also searched the houses nearby but found nothing to help the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Hafeez
    Jul 24, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Very well done! I do not understand how come such rings are possibly working without support from our police deptt.


  • Umer
    Jul 24, 2012 - 1:03AM

    After running out of Hindu girls, now Muslim women are being abducted?


  • sourav
    Jul 24, 2012 - 2:33AM

    voiceless hindu women are not able to escape forced conversion and forced marriages. Because no one will help them or their families.


  • Nasamajh
    Jul 24, 2012 - 9:32AM

    @sourav: where in the article it is written that Jahan is a Hindu? kindly read the whole news before commenting on it.


  • kaalchakra
    Aug 19, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Horrible! So glad the sister was found safely and returned to her home.


  • suraj
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:14PM

    We can see tribal societies even in this century… Thanks


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