Rape: 17-year-old gang-rape victim demands justice

Published: January 9, 2011
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The medical report issued by a female medico-legal officer at Taluka Hospital Jhaddo, Dr Shahnaz Talpur termed the victim a virgin.

The medical report issued by a female medico-legal officer at Taluka Hospital Jhaddo, Dr Shahnaz Talpur termed the victim a virgin.

KARACHI: Seventeen-year-old gang-rape victim, A, demanded justice from the higher authorities after she was deliberately termed a ‘virgin’ by a medico-legal officer and the police refused to register an FIR against the accused.

Speaking to the media at the Madadgar Helpline Office on Saturday, A said that her neighbour Dhani Bux asked her to come over to his house on the pretext of showing his newborn baby.

However, when they reached his house, his two aides, Bu-Ali and Sher Ali were waiting to overpower and rape A. “They abused my father, my brothers and also beat me up” said A.

The victim belongs to a poor peasant family of Jhaddo, Mirpurkhas and her father Muhammad Khoso said that the police at the Jhaddo police station refused to register an FIR against the accused and said “we will not register your FIR as you have consulted the Jirga”. Later on the police asked for the medical report to register an FIR.

However, the medical report issued by a female medico-legal officer at Taluka Hospital Jhaddo, Dr Shahnaz Talpur termed the victim a virgin.

“After the fake medical report the police refused to take any action against the accused and threatened us of dire consequences if we filed a case against the accused in the court” said Khoso. He added that the jirga decided that A should be married to the accused Bu-Ali and in return his sister should be given to my son after twelve days but they refused to act on the jirga’s decision. Madadgaar Project Coordinator Zia Ahmed Awan, said that a local journalist Zar Nageen brought the victim to the Madadgaar office.

Awan informed that on his request Director General Health Sindh Dr Sarwar Channa formed a high-level medical board for the medical examination of the victim.  “On January 5, 2011, after thorough examination of the victim the medical board at Civil hospital confirmed that the victim was not a virgin” said Awan.

He condemned the medico-legal departments and said that these departments are often packed with incompetent and corrupt people and the fake medical legal report of Aasia Khoso is evidence of the abused practice.

“Despite the ban on jirgas by the Supreme Court and Sindh High Court people hold jirgas and play with human lives,” said Awan while taking about the jirga.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2011.

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  • Someone
    Jan 9, 2011 - 2:31PM

    The lady was foolish to even go to her neighbour’s house. DOesn’t Islam make it clear not to go alone to suspicious strangers houses? And the neighbour should be stoned to death. Alas, there is no law in this country. Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:19PM

    @Someone

    Go ahead and justify rape in the name of Islam ..

    No wonder, even Allah has abandoned the land of pure and why should He not? The state certified Muslims deem themselves to be purer than God (nauzobillah) as they overrule on matters that are strictly in Allah’s realm. The eject kalima reciters from the ever restricting circle of Islam. On the other hand wage jihad but actually commit murder in the name to Islam in their quest to take it to the corners of the world. The deaf, the dumb, and the blind – thy only wrong their own souls!Recommend

  • Hazar+ka+khulla
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Lo and Behold! The mighty Jirga. They condemn the girl to be married to the accused. Wow! And the icing is that this is actually a command in the Book of Deuteronomy which is the fifth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fifth of five books of the Jewish Torah/Pentateuch. (wikipedia) see 22:28 and 22:29 which says if a person rapes an unmarried, virgin woman, he will marry the girl after giving 50 shekels of silver to the girl’s father and the girl cannot be divorced for the man’s life. What a shame, what a shame.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 9:17PM

    One good thing in this is that the rapist refused to marry the girl. Imagine what horror to share life with such a person!!! It may seem a good idea till the marriage is done, but what did the poor girl do to deserve to be bound to a monster?

    That said, she should also be filing police complaints against the medical officer and the police who refused to help her.

    She should get a good lawyer who gets paid based on the compensation she receives and file for a hefty sum of money for her monthly expenses, since it will now be difficult for her to make a living in society. Then, she should move to a city where people won’t be judging her for some monster’s actions, and get counselling and begin to discover a new life based on what she wishes to do.

    @someone Actually, Islam says nothing about going to see babies in your neighbours house.Recommend

  • fus
    Jan 9, 2011 - 10:45PM

    @Someone
    You probably need to go and have your eyes checked. It is stated in the news that ” However, when they reached his house, his two aides, Bu-Ali and Sher Ali were waiting to overpower and rape A. “They abused my father, my brothers and also beat me up” said A.”

    Also you have a sick mind and again in the name of Allah (swt) you justified this act.

    FusRecommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 5:40AM

    The practice of blaming the victim must stop.

    Since the Hudood Ordinance has been modified this poor girl cannot be put in jail. Otherwise she would be in jail.Recommend

  • Khalila
    Feb 11, 2011 - 8:36AM

    @Someone:
    Rape, molestation, etc, are not permitted at Islam.

    The Prophet himself instructed that men turn their heads away from LOOKING at women.

    I have so many swears for people like you. Recommend

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