Lahore gang-rape: One rapist identified, taken into custody

Published: September 15, 2013

CCTV footage captures one suspect dropping the victim off at the hospital. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The cousin of Lahore’s five-year-old gang-rape survivor identified one of the rapists as Shehzad Kapadia, Express News reported on Sunday.

The accused was taken into custody after the cousin identified a sketch prepared with the help of CCTV footage which captured a suspect dropping the child at the hospital.

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The girl was found at around 8pm on September 13, a day after she went missing from a low-income neighbourhood in the city.

The rape survivor underwent a surgery, while two more operations are scheduled for the coming weeks, according to her doctor.

As per details gathered from the hospital, her condition has improved and she is responsive but is not speaking.

Her parents were given visitation rights but she is not allowed any other visitors.

The doctor said that they want to give her sleeping medications to help speed up her recovery from mental trauma.

Background

Doctors said the child was raped several times and after receiving emergency care was transferred to the intensive care unit of nearby Services hospital.

The CCTV footage also showed a security guard from Lahore’s Sir Ganga Ram hospital carrying the victim into the building on his shoulder after he found her lying on the road in a critical condition, said the police chief.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo motu notice of the rape  and the inspector general of Punjab Police presented a two page report to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Faisal
    Sep 15, 2013 - 12:57PM

    High time we go for public executions. Govt should show a bit of spine and go ahead with executing these animals in front of the whole nation and the world. PPP govt was undoubtedly the most coward, corrupt and spineless govt in our history and they are equally blameable for this mess. Just one execution in five years and that too under army’s pressure. What democracy we rant about all the time. Absolutely shameless!

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  • Sep 15, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Humanity is on the verge of it’s own destruction. Such heinous crime as rape can be eliminated by preventing all provoking means which exploit human emotions (immoral movies, unnecessary exposure of naked flesh, etc), reviving ethical values through educating people by all modes (school, media etc), catering and treating psychological problems in realm of sexual dysfunction, and last but not least, promoting the institution of marriage.

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  • Zog
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:04PM

    If Muktaran Mai’s rapists had been brought to justice, there would have been some deterrent to such disgusting crimes.

    A couple of days back it seemed the murderer of a young man in Karachi was to be set free.

    I suggest judges salaries be increased 10 fold so they are free to make decisions without fear or favor, and Islamic Laws with are regularly abused/manipulated in the (UN)Islamic republic of Pakistan be repealed or put on ice until we have figured a way out from our current state of Jahaliat.

    This may sound really controversial, but how about giving management of the police force to Britain or Singapore for 3 years under contract, until they can be retrained and be free of political or commercial influence?

    Can we please get Qaid’s Pakistan back, we have had enough of Gen Zia / Mullah Omar’s Pakistan!!

    Very very upset to read this horrific story.

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  • johar
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:26PM

    It is impossible to convict the rapists because finding four eye-witnesses is impossible.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Now that sui moto has been taken by CJP, I am certain that justice will be served.
    - Said no man ever.Recommend

  • Zid
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:32PM

    If real culprits are apprehended they should be tried on fast track basis in ATC and if found guilty should be hanged in public. That is the only way to control this heinous crime which is on the increase in Pakistanl.

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  • SK
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:59PM

    It’s a shameful day for this nation that an innocent child has been subjected to a merciless and vicious abuse by an insane psychopath who is still roaming free. I hear on the media from here that harsh punishment is prescribed in the law for such crimes.

    I feel and I am sure many others like me would feel the same that there should be no other punishment for this crime other than castration. Crime against woman is becoming endemic in the society. Due to corrupt police and poor prosecution. Women and children as young as five are being abused with immunity in this rapidly morally disintegrating society.

    These criminals who violate the sanctity of woman and children has no right to live normally and reproduce. They must be castrated and allowed to live in the society after completing their sentences without the ability of ever violating women and children again This is the strongest possible deterrent the law can send to these sadist.

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  • Imran Umaid
    Sep 15, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @johar: Four eye-witnesses required only in case of extramarital sex the punishment for committing rape is death. you just wake up or what ????

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  • bilal
    Sep 15, 2013 - 3:54PM

    kill him publically

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  • Parvez Amin
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:12PM

    We need to redesign punishments for many crimes. Take the punishment for rape as an example. Hanging ends the criminals misery more or less quickly. If his organ is cut off so that it can never commit the crime again and the word ‘rapist’ is tattooed on his forehead, The punishment should act as a living reminder for society. We are a free country and can enact any laws that suits us. So let us enact more effective laws, then live within the law.Recommend

  • Sep 15, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Humanity is on the verge of it’s own destruction. Such heinous crime as rape can be eliminated by preventing all provoking means which exploit human emotions (immoral movies, unnecessary exposure of of naked flesh, etc), reviving ethical values by educating people through all modes (school, media etc), catering and treating psychological problems in realm of sexual dysfunction, and last but not least, promoting the institution of marriage.

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  • ali safwan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:39PM

    i think in begairto ko chowk me phansi deni cahiye or inki dead bodies ko tb tk na utara jaye jb tk un me keray na par jayeRecommend

  • Uzair
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Kill em… Kill em…!!! No Mercy!!

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  • Sindhi
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:46PM

    If proved..kill him publicly…make it a lessonRecommend

  • Akhtar
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:55PM

    State needs speedy legislation for speedy punishment to the rapist as the cases are being increased

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  • Sara Hamid
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:13PM

    @Imran Umaid Rightly said. No one can stop this girl from getting justice, even the Islamic fundamentals who do not practise their religion properly! If rape happens, the person who did it gets death in Islam, however people have tried to change the meaning of rape to extramarital sex to avoid the punishers getting punished. Even my mother who is very religious said “how on earth are you meant to find our witnesses in today’s time when of the persons were good they would have stopped it and if they didn’t stop it they are just as criminal” It’s a shame what society we live in. Islam is the only religion which gives the rapist death pubishment. But but all of a sudden we have made the rape victim the actual preparator just because she came out of a patriarchal society and spoke against her rapists. The reason why the witnesses existed in those time was you had to be extremely sure that the man had committed rape and the women didn’t frame him before he gets punished. Self confession was also never believable even when an adulterer would come and say they did adultery.

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  • Insaan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:15PM

    @Imran Umaid: Four eye-witnesses required only in case of extramarital sex the punishment for committing rape is death. you just wake up or what ????

    In some Muslim countries 4 pious Muslim men eyewitnesses who actually
    saw the act of penetration are needed to prove rape. A while back some Islamic scholars in Pakistan also wanted that requirement to prove rape in Pakistan too.

    Pakistan’s top Islamic guidance body, Islamic Ideology Council (IIC), has also declared the Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) test unacceptable as evidence in rape cases, because DNA is not mentioned in Sharia.

    I remember reading cousin is only 3 yr old. How can a 3 year old identify a person from a sketch?

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  • Insaan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:25PM

    I remember reading about a rape case where a 6 yr old Hindu girl was raped by sons of some powerful Muslim men. Police refused to register a case. When local people started protesting, police arrested a poor man who lived nearby and charged him with rape.

    I hope hospital collected DNA evidence and police will use DNA evidence to find the real culprit.

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  • yousaf
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:38PM

    @Pakistani: This is not a rape it is attempted murder . No witness is needed the victim is the proof .

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  • pervez
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:40PM

    unfortuntely rape incidents have become routine ,matter. It is high time that effective measures are takeneto ensure that perpatrators of such heinous crimes are brought to justice expeditiously.
    In cases where the family of rape victim is poor, state should come forward and
    bear all expenses for trial of the case.
    Real solution lies in deterrent punishment without delay as justice delayed is justice denied

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  • ptr
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:10PM

    four eye witness are not required in this case, this is something which meets the criteria of “Taking someones belongings by force.” So responsible people can be hanged to death on basis of DNA test. which would be enough to prove that there was a physical action taken on the kid suspects. I these people are are not prosecuted then we shouldn’t sit in our homes because if today it is some poor person’s kid tomorrow it can be your’s. Such animals should be punished openly so that an example could be made out of them.

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  • afaqg8@yahoo.com
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Media is creating extra hype of the issue and we are announcing message Pakistan is unsafe for women and making rapist country like India.

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  • Karwa Sach
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:15PM

    These animals should be executed publicly….Hungry wolves should be used for this purpose….to make them an example for others….

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  • hussain
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:17PM

    no mercy for the culprits,they have no right to move freely….

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  • Cry_Me_River
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:23PM

    When are Pakistanis going to protest against this or are they still busy protesting for Egypt.

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  • Jahangir Bhatti
    Sep 15, 2013 - 6:38PM

    @Imran Umaid
    These laws are destroying our country and giving every creep and sicko freedom to do what ever goes. Thank you General Zia for turning us into Arabistan.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 15, 2013 - 7:08PM

    These barbarians who are not even worthy of being labelled as pigs, should be caught immediately. After conviction, these rapists ought to be dropped in the middle of the same infamous crowd from Sialkot and their stinking corpses hung upside down and left to rot dangling for many days. The final rites would be said by vultures and no one will ever dare to commit such a heinous crime.

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  • Sep 15, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Very sad. People are sick and it is difficult to eliminate such crimes!
    .
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent.

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  • Ali
    Sep 15, 2013 - 7:28PM

    For those who is against the execution of criminals. I just want to say them that in our sick ill society it is necessary to execute criminals publicly like they do in Iran or in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Javelin
    Sep 15, 2013 - 7:45PM

    @Sara Hamid:
    “…Islam is the only religion which gives the rapist death punishment”
    Really? How many religions have you tried to understand or read about?

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  • Mir
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Under Islamic law you need 4 men who has seen actual penetration, without witness there is no case. We do not believe in DNA test it has been invented by USA for some internal motives . Please get together get rid of half baked foreign trained Mullahs .

    Islam is a great religion. Bring the changes in law according to changing world, this is admissible by Islam, Ijthad. Do not let rapist and murders go free. Society Demond’s these changes.

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  • Aaliya
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @afaqg8@yahoo.com: a five year old child was gang raped and you think it’s not a big issue?! You think media is hyping it up?
    People like you are the issue for our society. Unless each and everyone of us stands up for what’s not right, out society will continue to see such barbaric crimes.
    A five year old can’t even make her own decisions and some grown men decide to rape her. They aren’t humans, they are disgusting animals. I have a 4 year old niece, I can’t even imagine what would go through a grown man’s head to want to kidnap and rape a little child like that. Thoroughly disgusted.

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  • poleturtle
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:13PM

    @Johar.

    4 eyewitnesses are not required. Only 4 witnesses and that too for fornication. Rape is absolutely different and a crime that only shameless societies allow to go unpunished.
    Societies who look the other way when a crime against a helpless women and an innocent child is committed.

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  • Insaan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:18PM

    @Sara Hamid: The reason why the witnesses existed in those time was you had to be extremely sure that the man had committed rape and the women didn’t frame him before he gets punished. Self confession was also never believable even when an adulterer would come and say they did adultery

    Why 4 pious Muslim men witnesses who actually saw penetration during the sexual act?

    Why not 3 or 2 or 1 pious man or one or more women witnesses?

    Well if women could frame them back then why can’t they do it now? Why not make it extremely sure now?

    What is the possibility that 4 pious Muslims men will be there when a rape is happening away from the public eye?

    Why Islamic scholars in Pakistan don’t want DNA to be considered as an evidence for rape?

    Rape is common in many Muslim countries. Most of the time rapists get away with few months or few years in prison. A woman complaining rape gets killed by her family in the name of honor.

    An eight yr old boy was raped in Pakistan recently by a Moulvi in Madrash. Police even did not register a FIR against the Moulvi

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  • jan muhammad
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:20PM

    @Faisal:
    Don’t play politics over this issue. It is inhuman to play politics over a human issue.

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  • Obaid
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:38PM

    @afaqg8@yahoo.com

    Media creating hype…..are you for real. If not for media these cowards would go scot free. Women in our country have been abused, shot, burned. Please come out of the box you live in and to stand up against such henious crimes

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  • Silas
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:39PM

    @Imran Umaid:
    Tell that to Munawar HasanRecommend

  • Rizwan Nasar
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:01PM

    Ours has become a mentelly sick nation. We need to cure this sickness or we will be wiped out. It is the law of nature!

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  • Aamir
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:27PM

    With what has happened in Karachi with Shahzeb murderers, we will now see a media trial, and then justice made fun of when the rapist waving victory sign will walk out, after paying the victims family.

    Justice is really blind.

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  • Humayun
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:29PM

    All this efficiency is because CJP / SC has taken notice – hope justice for all citizens irrespective of their ethnicity or religion in Pakistan

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  • Insaan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:51PM

    @Sara Hamid: Why is it most of the times preacher or imams get away with rape?

    An 8 yr old boy was raped by a moulvi in madrasah. News was published in ET. Police refused to register an FIR against the preacher. Parents contacted high government officials and no one helped them.

    No one even wrote a blog about him.

    A Saudi preacher who raped and tortured his five year old daughter to death is released after paying blood money

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-preacher-who-raped-and-tortured-his-five-yearold-daughter-to-death-is-released-after-paying-blood-money-8480440.html

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  • Insaan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 10:37PM

    @Aaliya: I have a 4 year old niece, I can’t even imagine what would go through a grown man’s head to want to kidnap and rape a little child like that. Thoroughly disgusted.

    I guess these men are not able to handle a grown up girl …. so they look for kids (pedophiles).

    Unfortunately many Muslim countries allow young girls to be married off to older men also.

    Recently an 8-year-old Yemeni girl died at hands of 40-year-old husband on wedding night
    Published September 9th, 2013 – 10:01 GMT (search Internet for more info). These people claim to follow the PERFECT religion but they even don’t know young girls bodies are not developed to handle sexual Intercourse. Injuries caused by sex can kill young girls.

    Shame on people use religion to marry 6, 7, 8, 9…..year old girls.

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  • ranjit
    Sep 15, 2013 - 10:47PM

    These incidents in both India and Pakistan reveal how debased people have become in both societies……….and how religion has become an utter failure in its ability to provide a moral compass………in the past, hindus used to worry about paap, punya and karma…………similarly muslims used to worry about punishment from Allah and landing up in dozakh………..in today’s generation, the people no longer care about these things………..either they fight about religion or they totally ignore its moral context and commit such heinous crimes………..its truly shameful…………the future is bleak for both countries when the people no longer believe in any morality…………

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  • Butt
    Sep 15, 2013 - 10:48PM

    @afaqg8@yahoo.com:
    And you were okay with announcing India as a rapist country

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:01PM

    Alhumdolila one rapist is identified, In Sha Allah(swt) all the culprits will soon be captured and should be executed in public.

    salam,
    Abdullah

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @Sara Hamid:
    You say:
    Even my mother who is very religious said “how on earth are you meant to find our witnesses in today’s time when of the persons were good they would have stopped it and if they didn’t stop it they are just as criminal”

    This is exactly what I have been saying in many of my other posts also on the rape of young hindu girls.
    REGARDLESS:
    I am very happy to see an awakened society in Pakistan. This should not stop and the society should continue to be aware and awake. Same goes to India too.

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  • rome
    Sep 16, 2013 - 1:08AM

    and we still looking at our solutions in democracy, Its high time to implement islam as a Whole in the society. Women with chaste(hijab), men WHO understand islam and what honours mean, stop the western culture(nakedness) in media, technology in Development, eduacation, Health etc and the punishments according to the law of Allah(swt). otherwise this region is going to sunk in the sump. Wake up people. how much will we suffer. what i fear and im almost certain abt it is that the media will highlight it for a while and then forget it and let people and children live in the misery state Again. May Allah(swt) have mercy on us.

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  • Fatima
    Sep 16, 2013 - 1:37AM

    @afaqg8@yahoo.com:
    Media is not making ‘extra hype’ of this situation. It is giving the case the attention it deserves.Remember all the ‘hype’ about the Mukhtaran Mai case? 5 out of the 6 accused were acquitted. What does that say about how safe Pakistan is? Pakistan IS unsafe for women!

    It is disgusting that people like you are more concerned about the image of the country than what actually happens in the country! All you care about is looking better than India. Log beshak martay rahain. For your information India now has a comprehensive anti-rape bill (something we can only dream about), the culprits in the high profile Delhi case were caught by the police and were sentenced through a fast track court. Let’s see if that happens in Pakistan for this case. Stop obsessing with India and start accepting the fact that we have problems.

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Sep 16, 2013 - 2:52AM

    with all my family we appeal to competent authorities of Ir Pakistan to punish those criminals with exemplary punishment

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  • Harris Hassan
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:27AM

    According to the version of Islam followed by us, 4 witnesses are required.

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  • ivehadit
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:27AM

    @Johar: it’s people like you that give Islam a bad name.

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  • cyrus
    Sep 16, 2013 - 2:59PM

    Sad! very very Sad indeed! I can feel tears in my eyes. Another point is of awareness of ” Child Sexua Abuse”. Young girls “must” be Educated about this as they have to be mothers next day.

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  • Asif
    Sep 16, 2013 - 5:02PM

    Haven’t been able to eat, drink or sleep properly after hearing this horrific story. Unless and until we start public be-headings of rapists, these incidents will continue.

    Please please raise your voice for public and exemplary punishments to the people who did this, and also punish their parents who had bought up such shameless creatures… What sort of Tarbiat have they been giving to their chilldren????

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  • Fawad
    Sep 18, 2013 - 11:20AM

    The gvt should stop the porn site as soon as possible to avoid such a case in this country …

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  • Shakeela Rafique
    Sep 18, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Children are our most precious belongings, our assets, I only wish parents

    should take extremely good care of their young children, even the slightest negligence can lead to devastating consequences.

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  • maria
    Sep 18, 2013 - 6:32PM

    the victim shouldnt need 4 witnesses to prove her right, the accused should need 10 witnesses to prove him right! then the accused should be gang raped in public until he dies!!! and the men making and changing these rape laws should also be raped JUST so that they know how it feels. this way they can be more qualified to make the laws!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Emen Khan
    Sep 18, 2013 - 10:16PM

    What to say, according to news paper Three minor girls were raped in Peshawar day before yesterday, one of them a five years old was brutally murdered thereafter. KPK assembly’s women members were very vocal on Lahore case but none of them bothered to look into these
    three cases which took place on 16 September 2013 just 3 days after the Lahore incident.

    In fact every criminal in this country is confident to get away unpunished for his crime. What happened in Shahzeb murder case? There are are around 8000 criminal awaiting death sentences in our jails, not a single has been executed during the last 6 years. Around 600 criminals escaped in the recent 2 jail breaks in KPK.

    I am afraid, such incidents will take place again and again until and unless the murderers and
    rapist are publically hanged.

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  • Mariam Q
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:23AM

    Why cannot we use DNA evidence in this day age for God’s sake!!! Are we living in cave ages!!???

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