Media circus: Rape victim frightened into withdrawing FIR

Published: December 21, 2010

The young women’s car fell into a ditch after it was hit in the rear by another vehicle with the alleged assailants. PHOTO: SABA IMTIAZ/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

It took the gang rape survivor less than 24 hours to realise that she was better off withdrawing her statement, so badly did the government and police manage the case.

Twenty-something K and her acquaintance S, in her mid-30s, were driving in a blue Suzuki Alto on Khayaban-e-Qasim in DHA when three to four men in a car rammed into them from the back. The small car dived into a ditch, the women were dragged from the car, abducted and K was gang raped while S was beaten. They were then dumped back at the spot. M, one of K’s friends, took them to hospital from where the case was taken up.

DIG South Iqbal Mehmood confirmed that the medico-legal report stated that rape had indeed taken place. “The report has been reserved for now and will only be released on Tuesday,” he said. S was beaten and needed 17 stitches, added Citizens-Police Liaison Committee chief Ahmed Chinoy. He told The Express Tribune, “Since there was no medico-legal officer (MLO) at Jinnah hospital they were then taken to Services hospital where the MLO examined the girl and also took samples for DNA testing. The initial report does say that she was raped.” Police Surgeon Dr Hamid Parhiyar said K’s clothes have been handed over to the police. DNA samples have been dispatched as well. Dr Sumayan, who carried out the chemical examination, has declined to comment.

K’s friend M registered the First Information Report (FIR) No. 585/10 under Sections 365-A (kidnapping) and 375/34 (gang rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Darakshan police station. It states that there were three to four unidentified men who committed the crime. The complaint was, however, withdrawn late Monday night.

At the Darakhshan police station, where the statements were recorded, a veritable media circus had broken out. Not one to be left out, information adviser Sharmila Farooqui arrived and after attempting to speak to K, met the media at about 7:30 pm. Against all internationally adopted procedures, the adviser not only named the rape survivor but went on to express scepticism and describe K as extremely “hyper” and “rude” as she did not want to speak to anyone. “She’ll beat you with a stick if you go meet her!” Farooqui exclaimed.

The adviser told the media that K had said that she would think about giving names and addresses after mulling over them through the night. Amid a rash of questions, Farooqui discussed M’s statement that led to the FIR. M’s statement was automatically assumed to be K’s version of the events, that she went to a “party” and was raped after she emerged from it. “But this is her version,” said Farooqui. She went on to make the judgement that K’s statements had been “contradictory” because her friends had given different statements and locations.

“You will understand it later [after investigations are through],” Farooqui answered to further badgering from the media. “We’ve understood it a little… Uss [her statements] mein jaan nahi he. Thora sa he.”

Farooqui said that K was blaming the police and politicians for inviting the media. “A perfectly normal person would panic with so much media around,” the adviser admitted.

K was not willing to share details of where she lived, the address of the supposed party she had attended and other information. S was also not keen on divulging any details.

Adviser Farooqui and the CPLC’s Chinoy went on to stress that the rumours of a gang operating in DHA were not true. “There is no such thing. It is an individual, isolated case,” Farooqui said. She expressed sympathy for the police. “The bechara DIG has been sitting here for four hours,” she remarked.

Chinoy, who also spoke to K, said, “She was calm. However given the amount of media present, given what happened, she was disturbed and said that she had not been treated fairly [mere sath insaaf nahi hua he].”

While officials admitted that the medico-legal report showed that K had been raped, the prevailing consensus at the police station was that the women were at fault and were ‘blackmailing’ someone by filing the FIR. When asked about K’s profession, DIG Iqbal Mehmood huffily replied, “She says she is a model.” He then went on to disclose personal biological details about her.

At the police station, there appeared to be an effort to portray that the alleged victims were ‘call girls’ and one of them was involved in ‘trafficking women’. Much was made of the “fact” that the women had reportedly attended a party and that one of their statements did not match.

“The victim is not ready to inform the police about the culprits and she is not even answering when the police ask her from where she was returning home at midnight,” said SHO Rana Amjad. “We did not register the case on the complaint of the victim but we lodged the FIR over media pressure.” The women had not spoken to any media personnel and had left the police station while reporters were amassed outside.

The small car, which had been hit by the alleged perpetrators’ car, stood in the parking lot at the police station. Its front and rear ends had received extensive damage and the windshield was smashed.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, a female police surgeon with 15 years of experience, who works with rape survivors admitted at Jinnah hospital, Civil hospital and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, said: “We keep asking the (alleged) victim questions and slowly take them into confidence in order to get the whole story. Every now and then we revert to the same questions in order to check for continuity… In some cases the woman may be severely traumatised and when questioned by the police may succumb to pressure.” Dr Mubarak Ali, a medico-legal officer at Civil hospital, also said a victim’s story changes if they get scared of the police.

PPI reported, however, that both women came to the police station on Monday at about midnight and informed the police about the case.

According to this report, the police took them to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities. CHK MLO Dr Qarrar told PPI that the initial report suggested that the woman was raped.

Clifton SP Tariq Dharejo told The Express Tribune that the DIG was forming a special investigation team to investigate the matter. The mobile phone records are being pulled as well.

with additional input by mahnoor sherazee

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2010.

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Reader Comments (104)

  • Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2010 - 5:29PM

    Sad !Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2010 - 5:30PM

    when they were 2 gurls, y only 1 was raped? what could be the reason? (critical analysis)

    all the culprits should be given death penalty in public! (justice)Recommend

  • goDfAth3r
    Dec 20, 2010 - 5:36PM

    The doers will simply move away….! as they surely would have political influences… What have you done to our city…! Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2010 - 5:49PM

    Truly Deeply Shatterd afta readin..have no words ..just wana say..
    heartiest blessings n get wel soon :(
    May ALLAH SWT give u health & strenght ..Ameen ..Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2010 - 6:05PM

    Is this the same white corolla?

    Remember a year ago or so, we all saw that TV programme where this guy was arrested who used to abduct and rape girls in his white corolla?
    He then escaped Pakistan and was flown to Dubai (I hope every person who aided him in this burns eternally)… his father told the media that he will fly his son to Dubai and no one will be able to do anything. And he was right.

    But it seems he is back now. My prayers with the victim. But seriously, this rape is on the culprit as much as it is on every single human being who aided the rapist to escape in the first place.

    I know its very difficult, but I urge every rape victim to come out and identify the rapists so that they can be put to justice. Recommend

  • Wirasat Paracha
    Dec 20, 2010 - 6:08PM

    These kind of incidents force me to think that the name Pakistan for our country is wrong because Pakistan means the pure land, these people will not leave this country pure; don’t just arrest them but punish them.Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2010 - 6:21PM

    Sooner or later justice will be done and really done.

    For the victim, every body must get together and help. We must form an action group of hundreds and even thousands and go to the governor, home minister, IG Sindh and others. Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2010 - 6:22PM

    This case is not related to Ali Mohammad Hajiano, this is a new incident albeit the same modus operandi .

    Last time i suggested to a government representative to hang Hajiano in public for his crimes , sadly what was missing in that case were witnesses.

    -He remains in prison to date, only one confession of his was taped by Samaa tv last year.
    -He has made several bail attempts but his offences are unbailable.
    -I don’t know about the fate of his accomplice. Recommend

  • Kahan Hay Gherat e Muslim Kahan Haey
    Dec 20, 2010 - 6:48PM

    More than 100 women raped everyday in Karachi
    http://www.topnews.in/law/more-100-women-raped-everyday-karachiRecommend

  • Binte
    Dec 20, 2010 - 6:52PM

    Political worker shoots pushy girlfriend after gang rape
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C03%5C18%5Cstory18-3-2007pg12_3Recommend

  • Iqbal+Khan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:07PM

    A large part of our nation has turned into barbarians committed to murder, rape and torture against women and children !!!!! And then defenders of Islam talk about obscenity !!!!! Isn’t this the worst kind of obscenity than what Mullah Brigade talks about !!!!Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2010 - 7:09PM

    I’m waiting for the mullah brigade to ride in on their high horses, claiming that girls shouldn’t be out late at night all alone anyway…Recommend

  • Alam Raja
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:18PM

    Javed + Rafiq made a noticeable point..

    when they were 2 gurls, y only 1 was raped? what could be the reason? (critical analysis)Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:27PM

    crazy….that is just so so unfortunate….white corolla’s probably back…the guy who was arrested was shown on tv…complete psychopath….no remorse for his actions….Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:46PM

    Wrong path leads to Wrong results!Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:49PM

    Which channel broadcasted the white corolla case and approximately when?Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:55PM

    One more daughter of Pakistan raped by unknown men.

    The news is reported on electronic as well as in print media. Every one will read this new with interest like of previous cases.

    People only know that a girl was raped. No one will come to know what punishment was given to the rapist.

    Similarly, few days after, this news will also get old like other news items.

    But the girl will never forget the time, day and date on which she was raped throughout her entire life.

    What a sad story. Is there any justice in Pakistan for the uncounted girls and women who are raped on daily basis in Karachi and other parts of the country? Recommend

  • Critic
    Dec 20, 2010 - 8:20PM

    We badly need Sharia law in this country, especially when it comes to this. Justice done easy and simple, and served. Not the current mediocre system where the rapist will most likely be released/not punishedRecommend

  • Iqbal+Khan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 9:21PM

    @Critic

    Could you please stop preaching Sharia Law !!! Why not you join the Mullah Brigade instead !!!!Recommend

  • hassan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 9:43PM

    reason of an increase in these rape cases is that the rapists wer never punished severely in pakistan. Recommend

  • Mulla+Toofhan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 10:13PM

    I pray for the victim health and can feel the pain the she and her family is going through. I hope justice is done fast and the punishment examplery. @ As for Pakistan one your comment seems cold and heartless Perhapa you have never enjoyed the safety of a safe society Recommend

  • khan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 10:40PM

    These incidents are increasing why cant we stop these incidents. Recommend

  • Asrar Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2010 - 10:50PM

    These guys should be hung on street roundabout

    If it is the same person in white corolla who was earlier arrested about a year back and then evidently released, both him and his father need to be punished and hung. Home minister of Sindh should resignRecommend

  • Hafiz shah Ali
    Dec 20, 2010 - 10:53PM
  • Dec 20, 2010 - 11:24PM

    Our foolish police, especially the Darakshan area one, has this habit of stopping suspect cars and checking them and wasting 20 minutes. But rapists roam free in this highly Islamic republic of Pakistan (or, as my friend now calls this godforsaken place, Corrup-tistan). May ALLAH burn the rapists in this world and hereafter for I have no admiration for our justice system or our police. What is Supreme Court doing for public?Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 12:29AM

    nothing could happen. unless we are of the victims, we wont shout for justice!Recommend

  • owais
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:38AM

    there is no security for females in Karachi , thats very sad … all rapist’s should be encounter by policeRecommend

  • ali
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:12AM

    sad.we hear,read,listen many rape cases but 99% victims do not get justice.may be thats y rapist are encouraged.a month ago there was a rape incident in north nazimabad hyderi of a mother by SHO.even the case got media attention and SHO was interviewed too,still justice was n’t done.baigharat SHO shamelessly asked media and public to produce evidence/proof of rape.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 7:49AM

    Well.. last night I heard on TV that poor girl is taking her statement back..THIS IS JUSTICE IN OUR COUNTRY…WE’LL HAVE TO SHOUT FOR JUSTICE. MR. IFTIKHAR CHAUDARY (CJP) YOU HAVE TO TAKE NOTICE OF THIS. MISS SHARMILLA FAROOQI SAYS…”THE GIRL KEEPS ON CHANGING HER STATEMENT”

    Again and again the rape victom girls keep changing their statements. WHY? Because advisors like Miss Farooqi visit them, Pressurise them, and create all the drama…

    The poor girl got sms, that she would be raped……….

    our nation as a whole has to wake up!!!!Recommend

  • Shumaila
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:54AM

    This is not the first case of this kind(Jinnah Hospital Nursing Student and many more), until We’ll not punish these people or present them infront of public then activities like this will continue ………..Recommend

  • Aaliya
    Dec 21, 2010 - 8:34AM

    The above news report is very sensitively written as there is no name of the victim or even a hint of her identity but the Sindh CM’s advisor (see video report) Sharmila Farooqui appears to be insensitive towards victim and seems offended with what she termed victim’s trauma as “badtamizi“. Ms Farooqui seems more sympathetic for the DIG Police for he’s been waiting the victim to record her statement for four hours. Isn’t this his duty mam? Ms Farooqui also named the victim. She can be sued for this in the west. And a callous reporter uttered “mashallah” when Ms Farooqui said she (victim) wont talk to media because she doesn’t want badnami. NO HOPE FOR JUSTICE when you have egocentric leaders like Ms Farooqui and Mashallah pressRecommend

  • Faizullah Jan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:21AM

    When the daughter of Eve is defiled, no one speaks–not even the shameless and shameful people who always bray for the blood of religiously different people in the name of blasphemy.Recommend

  • Shahryar+Ahmed
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:40AM

    There are certain people even in the so called media that are blaming this incident on the girl that she was living with a man & that she was not of a good character, why was she at a party at that hour. Even the Police officer was saying on national TV that rape was not fully substantiated, where as the same TV channel was confirming that the medical report was out & this incident was indeed a Gang rape.

    I can assume that the officer was protecting the real culprit & as someone mentioned above it is not long before many will start blaming the girl. It really doesn’t matter whether she was of good or bad character, it is medically proven that it was a Gang Rape & that’s it period!

    We talk about being Muslims, all the time people are talking about religion, sins, good deeds in offices, gathering & on TV, but are action shows something else.Recommend

  • Anas
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:52AM

    where are NGOs?Recommend

  • Pir Ali Raza
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:44AM

    ..and you call yourself muslims? shame on you people. Our police cant even handle a simple rape case. on top we dont even have laws which protect the weak (women and children)Recommend

  • Dr Farooq
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:57AM

    Express too like other media outlets was earlier being insensitive to victims by naming them. Your site still have a video showing victim’s car’s plate number. Atleast blur the plate number. Victims of such gruesome crimes don’t come out to report these incident because of insensitivity of police,media and society in dealing with these issues.

    Victims first are traumatized coz of ordeal they go through next police and media not only ask silly question from them but make their story and names known to whole world which makes their lives miserable.. thats why most incidents go unreported and victims prefer not to share and report their sufferings..Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 11:22AM

    Why only K was gang raped while S was beaten?

    Then why both were dumped back at the spot, (why not only K who was raped) and M came for rescue?

    Why the victim is found calm?

    How the statements are taken back of this shameful and critical case?

    The actual scene seems to be truly different which is not being disclosed by the victims either due to pressure over them or due to negligent attitude of police.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:25PM

    Well, first of all the people who are doing critical analysis. Do you want the second one to be abducted instead of first? Critical Analysis, I feel ashamed on your analysis. If both the girls were driving late or driving together, both were on the mistake or if you see a second point of view they might be coming from a meetup with friends or anything. I dont see any logic in the first girl or second. But if they drove late that doesnt mean you rape them. There are lots and lots of families traveling in Karachi late. All I know is that a women in Pakistan oh sorry, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is disrespected and raped. There are good people and bad people, I take a bad case. Ok they were drunk or they wore some indecent clothes doesnt mean you rape them and ruin their life. This is not how our religion teach and this is not what we should do. I know people in Pakistan are getting too bold but thats not the way to teach them.

    Hazrat Ali R.A said that ‘a country can run under Kufur but not without justice’. Its not just one case there are so many rape cases in Pakistan, nurse, teacher, sister, mother. Where is the self respect of a person? Dont they think that this bloody act may someday ruin their family too? “what goes around comes around”

    I don’t blame on Rich or Poor, we are equally barbarian and people with no self respect. Whoever gets a chance messes around. Who in us puts his or her gazes down when seeing a women or men. I dont think anyone. Its a very true fact that we fail to admit.

    Dont make assumptions until we get the reality and if we are so interested in assumptions see both sides of the picture. People take away FIRs? why? because our law protects rapists, and bad people in general.

    I am sorry to say that even if they rape in front of the public people would either walk away or enjoy. Thats where we are and thats the truth. No wonder we are in such a bad shape.

    I would ask people over here that ok the girls were bad, what about rape cases in which nurses, teachers and poor girls are involved? are they doing a bad job? or are they wearing indecent clothes? To the point I would say that we people are opportunistic, whoever gets an opportunity does mess around to his or her mark.

    And yes its not always gloomy there are good people, for whom we are seeing the existence of PakistanRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 21, 2010 - 1:03PM

    This is so annoying to see the victem being labelled as ‘rude’ & ‘hyper’.
    Shame on those doing critical analysis, what wud you all have done if it were to be your sister, mother or wife inhabitants of this pure land??Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali
    Dec 21, 2010 - 1:06PM

    A mood of melancholy descended on me after I went through the story. The time is not to presume who had been the one? who should be hold liable?. It is a time to help victims to seek justice rather than finding the truth and exaggerating the scene of a crime. Recommend

  • GH
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:00PM

    I didn’t hear any words from an NGO for Amending the Laws of Rape?? they keep on chanting for the change in Law of Blasphemy.*Recommend

  • Munazza+sami
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:12PM

    what say……why the girls are not giving the details of her home…there must be some thing wrong with those girls….God knows better and will do justiceRecommend

  • iman chaudhary
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:20PM

    Is that Pakistan of Quaid?Recommend

  • FBI
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:23PM

    well, first investigation reveals something is wrong in statement, 2 girls, only 1 raped.
    she was informed prior on sms
    she was trapped??
    her timings were known to rapist??
    if she eas prior threatened then why was she out on street
    what was role of Mr.M
    Why was S not Raped?

    who is making her change statement
    why is political agencies involved so early, is this contain any political groundRecommend

  • AA Daud
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:37PM

    Nothing will happen .. All of us will come here and post our comments and in the evening you will be enjoying dinner at Pizza hut with your family ….. Thats how ignorant we are as a nation and thats why these things happen to us and no one cares …. Too sad ….Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 2:37PM

    Very little to add except to say this is a particularly well-written piece, credit to Saba Imtiaz and Mahnoor Sherazee. It is this kind of reporting, this quality, that gives me a glimmer of hope.Recommend

  • Omar bin Abdulaziz
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:39PM

    The culprits should be lashed in public if the charges are proved.
    However, an advice to women. Please don’t stay out late at night. Or, at least, take a male companion with you wherever you go.
    The society ain’t going to get any kinder!!!Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:39PM

    People will try to kill a woman for suggesting something vocal against the Prophet but they won’t be vigorous enough for rape victims and physical harassment.
    Sometimes I think a vast majority of our population deserved the floods.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:46PM

    Sharmilla Farouqi was at her best protecting the Rapists as the girls took back their statement and refused any action against the men involved.Recommend

  • Haji
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:57PM

    Ban cable TV, Music, Cinemas, DVDs, Internet, Vulgar ads, Girl’s schools & colleges etc !Recommend

  • Taimur
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:02PM

    the survivor was examined at the Police Surgeon hospital and not at Services Hospital. Also, she was taken to Civil before that and not JPMC.

    the girl was dumped near seaview beach, and not at the spot from where they were picked upRecommend

  • Sara
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:16PM

    For all those dimwitted, religious-law-touting, bigoted people out there who’re trying to insinuate that the victim was somehow to blame: you’re pathetic, laughable, and disgusting. Guess what? She could be living with 800 men, having CONSENSUAL sex every single day, and she still wouldn’t be at fault for being raped. And the answer isn’t a bloody complex scientific formula, either, it’s basic human decency. Because she’s the VICTIM.
    And then we have those insecure, inadequate types who put on their ugly sanctimonious masks and hide behind twisted misintepretations of religious law while asking questions like, ‘why didn’t the other one get raped?’ as if that somehow disproves that girl’s trauma. How utterly vile some ‘human beings’ are, truly. The gang-rape’s been proven via medical examination, so shut your irrelevant mouths already.

    Lastly, Sharmila Farooqi was always a mockable, unworthy symbol of this government’s daily, vast incompetence. Now she’s added a complete lack of empathy and decency to her already long list of failures. Naming the victim isn’t just in poor taste, it’s near-criminal. And nodding along with those rabid reporters, pulling twisted faces when they make comments like ‘mashallah’ further exposes this government representative for the morally bankrupt individual she is. It’s as if she’s offended the victim didn’t immediately jump up to salute her for gracing the station with her presence! “She was hyper and rude”??? SHE’D BEEN RAPED, BRUTALIZED AND ABUSED. What the hell else would she be? Flattered and humble in the presence of the glorious, eternally-dolled-up Ms. Farooqi?

    Vomit. Recommend

  • Sara
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:22PM

    Munazza etc,

    What the hell does giving details of her home have to do with the medically proven fact that she was raped?? How does that affect the case, exactly? And how close-minded are you, for tryig to judge another woman because she doesn’t meet your apparent standards of morality?

    It’s as vile as Sharmila Farooqi pulling distorted, off-putting faces while speaking about the girl’s domestic setup. Who the hell is anyone to judge this girl? You want to sound morally superior, go judge the ACTUAL PERPETRATORS, dolts.

    And anyone who has the gall to blame the victim for the rape: pull your heads out of your behinds, because the victim’s personal lifestyle and promiscuousity have diddlysquat to do with her being raped. Recommend

  • Sara
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:23PM

    Ban men and their disgusting, vile insecurities and their rabid little minds and equipment.

    See? Anyone can make ridiculous statements. Recommend

  • Mahmood Shah
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:29PM

    Failed Country with its failed people!! Things will only get worse with the kind of crooks running it and the decline of the very basic fabric of society!!Recommend

  • Sara
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:33PM

    Munazza+sami,

    I agree with 1 single thing in your comment: let God do justice. Not you, nor any other bigot. Because for you to make snap judgments on the victim because of irrelevancies like, ‘why didnt she give details of her home? They must be something wrong with those girls’ is ludicrous and frankly, enraging.

    The girls can live how they please, with whomever they please. Nothing gives anyone the right to rape someone, or judge the victim. Their lifestyles have nothing to do with what they suffered. I wish people in this society would stop climbing on their short-sighted, archaic soapboxes all the time. It’s sickening. Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 3:59PM

    very sad.., all the culprits should be given death penalty in public! Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:07PM

    @ Haji,

    Wow!!!! The quickest way to achieve your goal is to become Deaf,Dumb and Blind I am sure you can manage that.Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:33PM

    the thing is why should she tell whee she was returning from? even if she does, it should be such that no one except the detectives ever finds out. The only reason they aren’t telling is because it could be embarrassing and it will surely be leaked to the mediaRecommend

  • Sana Nasir
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:36PM

    Can people please stop asking why only one girl was raped?
    What is wrong with you people?! You should be ashamed of yourselves for bringing this up!
    What if it was your sisters in this case? Would you be more concerned about why one was raped and not the other? I don’t think so.
    Maybe one of them fought back harder, maybe she was stronger, maybe the other one wasn’t.
    Maybe its just easier to or quicker to rape one girl than two and get away with it.
    Whatever the case may be stop asking irrelevant questions!
    Rape is rape!Recommend

  • TA
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:44PM

    The bechara DIG? All she can think of right now is the ‘bechara DIG’ and not the women who have been so brutally treated!? They make me want to use profane words, but I guess, those won’t be enough or rather, not worth it.Recommend

  • sunny
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:45PM

    A very tricky story. Girls were raped. who r they? what they doing at midnight? why they dont want register FIR in the first instance? why statement was revoked?? are they could be more afraid after being raped.??
    Police should investigate the incident properly and the culprits should be punished accordingly.Recommend

  • Hera
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:49PM

    @haji
    I hope you’re being sarcastic. If not, please get a reality check. Thank you.Recommend

  • Pakistani57
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:23PM

    something does sound fishy .. Having said that the media in this country has gone senile lapping up the misery of a poor woman and Ms Farooqui revealing her name in from of media. we seriously need a code of conduct for the media in this countryRecommend

  • unknown
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:28PM

    just cant stand men of our nation..no respect for female! end of conclusion has always been that female was wrong … curupt and all.even a call girl if get raped is a crime. once i lost my car at sunday bazaar and tried asking our soo called police to help…they said “patanahin kidhar gaye”.than few were tryin to hit on me … and said sit with us in the car where as they were five police men in the car… how can they expect a gal sitting with 5 men in a car? this is our nation … nothin will happen this case will be closed sooon as well …Recommend

  • Talha
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:31PM

    @Haji

    You can become as rigid and strict as Saudi Arabia but the menace in ours and their society will only get stronger.

    Afghanistan also banned everything u mentioned, but infuriating crimes have taken place in that country and the criminals have been left unpunished.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:36PM

    Even if the FIR has been withdrawn by the victims, a crime has been committed, the Bachara DIG and the Baychari Sharmelli should get to work and get the case resolved. We don’t pay taxes for the Bachara and Baychari to appear on TV for a song and dance session. Smarten up Recommend

  • Ali Ebrahim
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:38PM

    Ms. Sharmila Farooqi should resign ASAP for disclosing the name of the girl…. shame on our politicians!Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:07PM

    Even if the FIR has been withdrawn by the victims, a crime has been committed, the Bachara DIG and the Baychari Sharmelli should get to work and get the case resolved. We don’t pay taxes for the Bachara and Baychari to appear on TV for a song and dance session. Smarten up Shermelli.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 6:14PM

    Considering the fact that Sharmila Farooqi doesn’t know what speaking in a low voice means, I’m astounded that a rude, disrespectful, and frankly illiterate woman like hers can distinguish betwen being calm and being hyper. How does someone who thinks speaking equates screaming at the top of your voice like an anparh jahil person comment on something like that? Seems to me like someone was miffed at not being given enough importance and decided to be petty about it.Recommend

  • Asim Siddiqui
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:02PM

    Why all pretending innocence, what do we expect after electing criminals, rapist, traitors, murderers with no soul, with no dignity on us already.Recommend

  • sarah elahi
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:20PM

    thanks for the great reporting, couldn’t find a full account of this story anywhere else.Recommend

  • Ahafeez
    Dec 21, 2010 - 8:04PM

    Amazing pakistan…needless to say anything else. why it was created and what it has become. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:27PM

    The perpetrators of this crime should be publicly beheaded, no questions asked. Why is everyone trying to investigate the girls’ background, or the fact that only one was raped? Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:45PM

    Ms Sharmila Farooqui …. Can u please elaborate what you would have done if you were one of the girls ?? How do you expect the girls not to be rude or “HYPER” after what happened ??
    Who made you adviser to the chief minister ??What qualification do you have to comment on this case ? and who the hell gave you the right to expose the name of the girls in front of the media ?Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:00PM

    The Daily times printed complete name of the girls, name of her boyfriend , where they lived and reg number of their car …. What kind of a country is this ? Iam ashamed to be a Pakistani ……Recommend

  • Ehtesham
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:37PM

    @Mohammad, very well said, i think this sums up everything:
    Hazrat Ali R.A said that ‘a country can run under Kufur but not without justice’

    No mattar what an individual does -or does not for that mattar-, nothing warrants what happened to these girls. Safety is every citizen’s right and the responsibility of the state – no exceptions !!! else any powerful person will loot, rape or murder the weak and we’ll be justifying the pretext….Recommend

  • Humanity
    Dec 22, 2010 - 12:58AM

    @Anas “where are NGOs?”

    What? Did you mean to comment on some flood related post?Or do you expect the NGOs to investigate and prosecute the criminal? Incredible!Recommend

  • Humanity
    Dec 22, 2010 - 1:06AM

    @Haji “Ban cable TV, Music, Cinemas, DVDs, Internet, Vulgar ads, Girl’s schools & colleges etc !

    If you are not being sarcastic, then practice what you preach. Unplug your computer and throw it out on the open heap of garbage! You can self-impose the ban you advise on you family and you self. Let us know your progress through kabootar-mail when you reach the first notch of piety! Recommend

  • Humanity
    Dec 22, 2010 - 1:26AM

    Ahafeez “Amazing pakistan…needless to say anything else. why it was created and what it has become.”
    The mullah who opposed its creation, jumped into the lap of the newborn country after millions gave their life for a Pakistan with same rights and a rule of law for all its citizens. The hypocrite, devil incarnate mullah mutated the dream into a nightmare of an oppressive, self-serving system.

    The institutions are in shambles, with illiterate and ignorant opportunists posing as the thekedaars of the country. The bottom line is that the masses share the blame in supporting intolerance, hatred, and bigotry. They continue to allow the rot to permeate into the core of every institution. Their dream of utopia was bound to become a hellish nightmare.

    The failed society is the harvest of the seeds that was sown by the hypocrites and the bigots. Recommend

  • insecure paki``
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:07AM

    I appeal instead of THE analysis we should all unite and protest against this no matter what character the had what they were doing there etc etc justice needs to be served.No political figure or Elite class individual ll be powerful enough to escape this if we all unite and protest against this rape.Recommend

  • humail tayyab
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:09AM

    very sad news!!!
    This is a part of society and it does not only in Pakistan but also in other parts of developed country……Think the solution….I recommend all the culprits that involve in it should be hanged till death….but it can n ‘t happen while living in Pakistan…. Recommend

  • Ali+Haider
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:55AM

    If we do not hand these culprits, such events will take place again. But then again, what has happened to all the people who beat up two young boys in Sialkot? Our police needs a kick on the ass as well. Express Tribune will exclude my comment if I spoke my heart out about our police, because if it was not for them, this event would not have taken place in the first place.Recommend

  • Disgusted
    Dec 22, 2010 - 3:18AM

    Yeah Ahsan. Thanks for further publicizing a fact that didn’t need that support. What kind of a country is this you wonder? One made up of people who believe they’re more righteous than the next one. Think about it before you think about yourself. If you know what that means.

    It’s sickening to read the comments. I cannot fathom the minds that spill questions like “why wasn’t the second girl raped”, or wonder exactly what the ‘moral’ standards of these women were. These women could be anyone, anywhere. Understand the basic bloody principle that rape is rape. Understand that there is no excuse, no justification, no reasoning for a violation of this nature. None. There is no debate here.

    Who ARE you idiots to question why the girls refrained from releasing personal information? Who are you fools to sit there and play Sherlock and say “Hmmm..I sense something fishy here..” when this is a report about a heinous crime?

    I cannot understand what happened to the brain that you all, I assume, were born with. Clearly it no longer exists. Along with your basic rule book of humanity.

    Twats. Recommend

  • iWatch
    Dec 22, 2010 - 4:29AM

    And what good have Express Tribune done to the privacy of the lady involved by publishing a clearly identifiable photo of her car?
    Good of you to stay out of the circus!!Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 4:51AM

    Good reporting.

    However I think without the media hype, our official wouldnt take notice. So I dont completely blame the media here.Recommend

  • Mehmud Ahmed
    Dec 22, 2010 - 6:45AM

    Will anybody explain who this Sharmila Farooqui is? And she is information adviser to
    whom? The Police? the Karachi Administration or the Sindh Government or her father
    who beacuse of NRO found it safe to become Adviser to the NRO President? Or is
    she an Adviser to the Bambino Cinema?Recommend

  • sadaf
    Dec 22, 2010 - 6:49AM

    first off.. can somebody provide a link to the actual article or article mentioned in this piece?.. second why has no one sent this to the UN to highlight the degenerate way the pakistani journalism and media handled this sensitive issue?.. third “no means no” do not use any excuse to cover up such a heinous act!. and last but not least: has anyone tried to actually just tell this girl its not her fault? Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 8:09AM

    @ Sana Nasir,

    No, asking that question cannot be stopped. There is no legitimate justification other than believing that rapers also have choices which is mind boggling. A previous beef or certain incident might have triggered it all. Rape is not just rape , it involves lives of 5 people who would be put on death row.

    Please do not establish sympathies before the facts are out. If rape is common , so are people who accuse others for personal gains. It is a very critical question onto why one of them was spared. There are no ifs or buts to it. Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2010 - 8:14AM

    P.s. As much as Sharmila is to be blamed , so should the media for disclosing it further to public.

    The case made it to Headlines with different variant of stories for the people who love watching soap dramas. Rather than asking Sharmila to resign , why spare the medium through which you came to know ? Recommend

  • SA
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:28AM

    Regarding Ms Farouqi, what else do we expect from this government? I believe she should pursue a career in modelling than politics!Recommend

  • muzaffar
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:33AM

    It is horrifying, how unsafe one could be, in such a populated city!. As usual, the role of
    police and so called ploitician is utterly negative and disgusting.Advisor to cm could
    have easily recalled her own ordeal with the police when she and her mother were
    perhaps arrested in a nab case registered against her father.She could have done a better
    job.Primarily because she too been a tv artist. All citizen of the country must stand togather to eliminate criminal elements.The principles of justice must prevail regardless of one’s status..Because of cruelity and un caring attuiide towards the fellow citizen, we
    are internationally shown as a bad nation.Recommend

  • MOHAMMAD FAZAN KHAN AKAZAI
    Dec 22, 2010 - 11:36AM

    These kind of incidents are very shamefull for us being living in a so called ISLAMIC SOCIETY.WE STRONGLY CONDEMNED..Recommend

  • Malik+Adeel+Imtiaz
    Dec 22, 2010 - 11:39AM

    Dear All,

    Everyone is missing ONE point here.
    All were attending PARTY that night and this incident happed after that.

    Reference from (http://tribune.com.pk/story/92730/clifton-gang-rape-case-one-suspect-arrested/)Recommend

  • Uzair
    Dec 22, 2010 - 12:11PM

    @Malik+Adeel+Imtiaz: What has attending the party got to do with anything? The medical reports prove a rape happened. The law must take its course and the perpetrators punished.Recommend

  • SL
    Dec 22, 2010 - 1:19PM

    This is so typical of our society…Blaming the victim! How is the girls’ profession relevant to what happened to them! And its not surprising their statements being “contradictory” – its a traumatic experience and to top it with inconsiderate politicians, media frenzy and societal pressure! It would be enough to confuse anyone! And Sharmilla Farouqi should be ashamed of herself. A little empathy please!!!Recommend

  • anonymous
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:26PM

    i dont understand why there is so much exposure to this particular issue??????????? is it just because that it happened in the most elite and posh area of karachi and not in lyari or banaras or any other area? why the identity of the victim is not disclosed?? just because nedia wanted to protect her from social emabaraseement? then what about those victims who are questioned by these news journalist? have any body thought about their self respect?? this is totla hyocracy.Recommend

  • Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar
    Dec 22, 2010 - 6:21PM

    @Sara

    just wanted to say thanks for saying what so many of us want to say.

    questions like why wasn’t the second one raped, what were the victims doing at the party, why were the victims out at midnight, etc should be hauled off to jail along with the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

    hopefully the victim will get some support, gather her courage and bring the animals to justice.

    however, I must ask a few questions:

    1) where is the outrage in Pak media? Talat Hussain, Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir, Shahid Masood, etc were getting pretty randy over Kerry Lugar, Wikileaks, drone attacks, etc. sir how about summoning some outrage over the bungling of this heinous crime?

    2) where is izzatmuaab Allama Iftikhar Chauhdry? he gets pretty upset when the prices of oil and sugar go up or if a democratically elected prime minister appoints officers of his choice. but not a peep out of him this time? where is the suo moto milord? one would think that the victim withdrawing her case entirely because of the harassment by media, etc would be a cause for suo moto notice.

    3) where are the ghairat brigade who wouldn’t shut up about qaum ki (very dodgy) baitee Aafia Siddiqui? strangely the ghairat brigade when it comes to this case or Dr. Shazia or Mukhtaran Mai either goes silent or asks questions which suggest that the victim was to blame for the abuse that befell her. amazing people we are. can’t give justice to women in our own country… but watch us roar as we talk about the ummah and its baitees in far flung lands. charity begins at home. Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Dec 22, 2010 - 8:45PM

    I don’t see the point in using initials like K and S when Miss Farooqi has very intelligently named both the girls on TV. And hats off to Express for not only broadcasting that bit of cleverness by her live but also placing the video on youtube and providing the link on umpteen pages, just in case anyone missed the live broadcast! Media circus indeed.Recommend

  • Humna Mehwish
    Dec 23, 2010 - 12:26AM

    unbelievable… had Sharmila been the victim… she would have been all decent and poised? politicians should watch their tongue.. their personal sensitivites towards their loyals(DIG) does not condone them to talk nonsense for a commoner!

    MQM seems missing… they had warned the gov for a pullout owing to their defamation.. no pullouts where sharmila delivers insane comments over the daughter of karachi?? Recommend

  • Samantha
    Dec 23, 2010 - 2:37AM

    we cant judge these girls on their profession. as wrong as it is to be a call girl, these two were human beings and being raped is just as hard and unfair for them (IF they were that is) as it would be for any other girl. the rapists should be punished so severly that it becomes a warning to all other such men out there!Recommend

  • nisar
    Dec 23, 2010 - 4:22PM

    most probably they were call girls if u think all incidents in sequenceRecommend

  • JustWondering
    Dec 24, 2010 - 3:33PM

    So folks…does everyone still believe that the lady “was frightened into withdrawing FIR”? Recommend

  • ahmed
    Dec 26, 2010 - 1:24AM

    does sharmila farooqi even thinks like an actual human being.. so cruel Recommend

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