Five peasant girls gang-raped for ‘demanding wages’

Published: November 27, 2012

Four out of the eight accused have been identified. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

A family of farmers in Punjab had to pay a heavy price upon asking for their wages – five of their teenage girls were allegedly gang raped by eight local landlords in Kitro, Sheikhupura district.

According to B*, a resident of Noon village, his daughter and nieces – all between 14 and 18 years – were abducted by the landlords and taken into the fields, where they were gang raped.

The girls are all unmarried, police officials said.

B and his family, who had two weeks ago temporarily moved to Kitro to work in the fields, had demanded their two-week salary from their employers – Zaheer and Tassadaq, alias Mara Jutt.

In turn, the two ‘infuriated’ landlords and their accomplices warned them of ‘dire’ consequences. Their threats materialised later that night when they attacked B’s dera and tied up his family with ropes, before taking off with the girls.

According to contents of the FIR, B said they managed to set themselves free and set off on a search for the girls and the men. They found the girls in the field, while the accused managed to escape.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the residence of B, the complainant in the case, and directed the police to immediately arrest all the accused.

He also presented cheques to the victim’s family, and assured them that the accused would be brought to justice.

Four out of the eight accused have been identified as Tassadaq alias Mara Jutt, Noor Ahmad alias Noori, Aqeel, Zaheer Ahmad, while the identities of the other four is yet to be ascertained.

The victims were shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital in Sheikhupura.

Narang Mandi Police Station SHO Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal while talking to The Express Tribune said that initial medical reports confirmed that the girls were raped.

A case has been registered with the Narang Mandi police station against the eight accused men, the SHO said.

He added that three of the main accused have been arrested, while the remaining would be arrested soon. *name has been concealed to protect The VICTIMS’ privacy

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (63)

  • citizen
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:51AM

    oh god . oh god . it is a horrific news . I am heart wrenched , This is extreme brutality . In our conservative society , the life of these girls is over ??? What justice will be granted to these girls ? NONE i assume ??

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  • Rana
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Very sad & heart wrenching, Mr. CM besides compensations focus on appropriate punishment as well! Perhaps there is no remedy for lost dignity. We can’t fail to remember cases of Mukhtaran Mai, Sonia Naz and many other victims which are still struggling for the justice.

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  • Awaam
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:55PM

    hang them please!!!!!!!!!!

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  • IZ
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:02PM

    Another sad day in the Islamic Republic…

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  • RKM
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:10PM

    I am sick and tired of this country, may God give us opportunity to run away from this country.

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  • KM
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:32PM

    May Allah guide and bring them closer to Islam.Recommend

  • Born Political
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:32PM

    Before people start bashing PML-N for this, they must understand many of us have turned beast in our daily lives. We pay no heed to poor girls being gang raped and this story will be history in matter of few days. We pay no attention to poor dying around us. @landlords, have mercy on these poor souls, don’t play with God mercy.

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  • Paco Osuna
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:34PM

    @Rana:

    Agree with everything but Mukhtaran Mai was fake! Please don’t compare her with these girls. This is just heart wrenching !

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:36PM

    And the would all go scot free.
    .

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  • Faisal
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Like all news this will be forgotten in the next few days, whereas the misery and trauma for the girls and the family will continue for the rest of their lives.

    We fully deserve what is happening to our country where the influential rape and plunder the country with no regard for law or human lives. Have they forgotten that their is life after death?

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  • Adi
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Oh goshhh..i sometime wish so badly i had superpowers..and i’d burn all these evil landlords to ashes,,,,

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  • Jahaaz
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:50PM

    “Presented the cheques” Great!! All is well then.

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  • ishqerasool
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:53PM

    that’s why we want Shari’a , in shariah no such crimes happen .

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  • Sohaib YAHIA
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Is this the ideology on which Islamic Republic of Pakistan was created 65 years back – to ensure that the powerful is allowed to cross all limits of humanity and the weak is subjugated to the miseries beyond the imagination of any civilized world? Shame on those who call themselves champions of Islam and keep mum on such brutalities.

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  • Ehsank
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Hang them all till death..

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  • Nitish
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:10PM

    How many cases like this go unreported?Recommend

  • Haris Farooq Wattoo
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:27PM

    I wonder, why not Taliban come and punish these rapists, but I believe that Taliban think that killing innocent people and Police/Army sildiers is the only service to Islam?

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  • Haven't lost my sanity
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Incidents like these and Sialkot lynching tell us what a decayed society we are! Like always, nothing will happen to the culprits!

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  • AB
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:29PM

    Hang them publically till death.

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  • shoaib
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Our courts will now acquit them like mukhtar mai case. Our courts are number 1 in the world in acquitting rapist and murderer like ajmal pahari who has century score in murders as per guines book of world record. Court should improve own house instead of government fightingRecommend

  • shazada Zahid M Loan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Where is Mr Rheman Malik – the Interior Minister.Recommend

  • Ahmee (Pakistani) Netherlands
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:53PM

    If whats written here is true word by word, the culprits should be publically hanged.
    I see 4/5 years of case before the poor family agrees to compensation, Justice delayed is Justice Denied…Hell with such a constitution/judicial system which believes in immunities and concessions for the powerful.

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  • Abbas Ali
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:54PM

    Dear Maulanas! please arrange a protest, ask people to come on the streets… we need a Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed, a Mumtaz Qadri. Five peasant girls in a village have been gang-raped open in the street by a feudal and his men.
    But Maulana won’t respond for no one has committed the unpardonable sin of blasphemy.

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  • pashtun
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:56PM

    I haven’t seen or heard even animals doing this…@all Punjabis..Overthrow feudals, Occupy Lahore and bring justice to all..all exploters are united in one way or the other..why not we? ..enough is enough

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:08PM

    OMG! curse on these animals

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  • Muslim
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:10PM

    @Born Political: Whom are you asking mercy from?? the landlords?? Shame on you!! You should have asked for death penalty for these devils.

    This shows how weak our public is. Even after victims of extreme injustice we are asking for mercy from the so called worldly Gods. OUR ATTITUDE HAS MADE THEM SO STRONG.

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  • A. Khan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:57PM

    @Jahaaz:

    So, what did you do, apart from posting some cynical comments on The Tribune ?

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  • Muhammad Yaqub
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Animals. Publicly flog each one of them 5 times over (500 lashes) according to The Holy Quran 24:2.

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  • Umar Khan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Abolish Peasentry and give equal land to men as It is against Human Dignity for someone to be peasent. We live in 2012.

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  • Saleem
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:21PM

    The land of the pure. This is not an isolated incident. Not a single day goes by without some sort of outrage.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Catch them n put bullets in their heads! This would be the minor punishment for this act of shame and brutality.

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:02PM

    @ishqerasool:
    Yeah. They just won’t be considered crimes.

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  • Tahir
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Very depressing to read of similar incidents on a regular basis.
    It’s clear the courts are not meting out the strongest punishment for these low life criminals.
    Whilst you cannot condone an for an eye as being barbaric as I do not wish the same fate on any other innocent girl. The men responsible should be punished by having their land & farm taken away & given to the poor family. The courts can do this & the government can make the laws for it to happen. Here in the UK criminals are not allowed to benefit from their crime. The same should be be implemented in Pakistan.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:47PM

    Is this god’s punishment for Rinkle Kumari?

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  • nicks should not be so long as to make them virtually essays aka skip the M. S. and Ch. guys, pls
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:02PM

    tragic

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  • Raj Kafir
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:21PM

    @Paco Osuna: She was fake? She must be known to you and you know the truth. Thanks for letting us know about MM.

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  • Toba Alu
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:48PM

    I deeply feel sorry for these girls. But this is what you get if you condone a feudal system in the land of the pure. Rather than praying start getting your act together. Last week it was the in-law of a politician who thought he could mistreat people in a bakery. These are not deranged men, they believe it is their right. It took the rest of the world also some time and a few revolutions to get them on the right track, what are you waiting for? Dark ages do not disappear by themselves!

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  • Shahbaz Shah
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:00PM

    “He also presented cheques to the victim’s family, and assured them that the accused would be brought to justice.”

    Mr. Khadame Ala trying to compensate victim’s family with money. It is purely a criminal case police should investigate the matter and present it to the honorable court of law. CM interference is showing the lack of control over law enforcement agencies in Punjab.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:09PM

    most of lives’ arguments, it seemed, got settled by doing various things to a women’s body”- Mohammed Hanif “In our Lady of Alice Bhatti’

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  • Happens
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Land Lords still exist ?

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  • something true
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:49AM

    forget the maulanas. Just give them punishment according to islam.

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  • BLing BLing
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Name those landlords or don’t report at all!

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  • Raja Islam
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:02AM

    @citizen:
    The problem is that we are a conservative society. Would not have happened in a liberal environment.

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  • Leila Rage
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:03AM

    ishqerasool: Yeah, run for the shariah- like the hudood ordinance isnt enough already.Recommend

  • Raja Islam
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:03AM

    @ishqerasool:
    This is exactly the reason that these crimes happen. It is the people who demand Shariah laws that commit these kind of crimes.

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  • Leila Rage
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:09AM

    No wonder there are so many disasters in Pakistan- a country that disrespects its women and lets rapists and murderers be free and hailed as heroes is surely cursed by God. Well done, well done. our country should be renamed to reflect its true nature “Land of Exploiters”

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  • Leila Rage
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:12AM

    paco osuna: so you were THERE? You know what happened? Wow. Yeah, makes so much sense that she would lie right?

    Shame on you. If you were in her place, wonder how you’d feel then…

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  • Freud and Camus
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:44AM

    All these culprits should be divested from their properties, and the same should be given to the hapless victims. And then these men should be hanged from the nearest tree in full public view, taliban style. Additionally, they should be hanged twice in case they failed to give the minimum physical satisfaction to the victims while in action.

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  • citizn
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:40AM

    AH… i have nothing to say about this, hang them all… if there is justice , its time to think…..

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  • salmanzq
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:49AM

    The feudal system needs to!

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:57AM

    These men should be burned alive so next time no one dare even think of it.

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  • Liberal
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:24AM

    No surprise. This is what Taliban has done to our society. We should look to our neighbors India and learn a lesson from their progress.

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  • Super Star
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:17PM

    @Ishqerasool

    So you want a law where these poor girls would have to look for four witnesses who witnessed this act in detail to prove the violation done on them? Fantastic.Whata progressive mind . Salutations!

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  • michelle
    Nov 28, 2012 - 10:34PM

    You muslims like stoning things. How about you stone those landlords?

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  • Keith
    Nov 28, 2012 - 10:36PM

    “Hang them please!!!” Killing people, even for crimes such as these, doesn’t solve the problem. Put them in jail, rise above draconian traditions and support and care for these poor people.

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  • Miryeo
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:41PM

    @Liberal: “We should look to our neighbors India and learn a lesson from their progress.”

    Liberal, go back to your playground sandbox and play with your dollies, adults are talking here.

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  • Cynical
    Nov 29, 2012 - 11:16PM

    @Freud and Camus

    ‘Additionally, they should be hanged twice in case they failed to give the minimum physical satisfaction to the victims while in action.’

    Me lord,
    It’s hard to disagree with your judgment, Sir. You have covered all aspects of the case, with a remarkable insight in the ways of man. But still, one possibility escaped your imagination. You didn’t suggest a 3rd hanging in case STD was transmitted to the victims during the ‘action’ you referred to.

    Regards,

    from a brief less lawyer.

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @KM: “May Allah guide and bring them closer to Islam”

    ‘ why there is a tendency to leave every thing on Allah ? either to punish or to reform the offender. . We need to think why are we passive in the society ?. Why there is no hue and cry in the same village against the perpetrators?
    A system that attempts to impose the inflexible feudal system of a powerful minority over a passive majority or the will of a powerful majority over a helpless and powerless minority should be brought into check before it spirals out of control.

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  • readerr
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:05PM

    And khadime aala still won’t resign… and pml n people won’t quit talking about the good governance.

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  • ss
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Let’s start chanting gaza gaza gaza :-/

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  • ss
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:05PM

    They should be hanged in PUBLIC

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  • Eli
    Dec 3, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @KM:
    “May Allah guide and bring them closer to Islam.”

    Maybe they are already there. That’s the problem.

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  • Michael Dowling
    Dec 4, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Why do people of power think they can do these terrible things to innocent women? Conservative Muslim
    society and oppressive religious beliefs need to be shaken up and women empowered. @citizen:

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