Demanding justice: IGP, govt urged to provide security to rape survivor

Accused still at large, police reluctant to help family even after two years


Our Correspondent April 07, 2016
Student from Bannu, Zahidullah, who was sexually abused, addressing a press conference. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR:


A man who was gang-raped two years ago has asked IGP Nasir Durrani and the federal government to provide him security.


Speaking at a news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, the man said he was sexually abused by a group of people from Bannu on February 24, 2014.

“I was going to my college when they abducted me and took me to their den and raped me,” he said. “My life has become a living hell after that incident. All I need is a secure life.”



The man said he tried to register an FIR against his perpetrators. However, the police did not pay any attention to this case.

“The accused were relatives of influential people,” he said. “My family’s life has become difficult as the police are reluctant to provide us security.”

He added, “My perpetrators have been repeatedly badgering us for trying to seek assistance from the police,” he said. “They also tried to kill us. They even kidnapped my younger brother. We
managed to rescue him from a park.”

Azizullah, his father, said, “We wrote a letter to the president of Pakistan, the prime minister and even the IGP,” he said. “However, our efforts are in vain. Our government claims that its citizens are safe. But this is not true”

He added, “If the government cannot arrest the accused, they can at least provide us security? We want justice. If we fail to get justice from the police and government, we will approach international NGOs for help.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th,  2016.

 

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