DHA rape case: ‘We know their names. They are from an influential family.’

Published: January 31, 2011
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A file photo of the damaged car of the victim into which the assailant rammed his car. PHOTO: SABA IMTIAZ/EXPRESS

A file photo of the damaged car of the victim into which the assailant rammed his car. PHOTO: SABA IMTIAZ/EXPRESS

KARACHI: As the tide recedes, the traffic melts away on Seaview. Tired families and glowing couples leave the shorefront restaurants and pile on to motorcycles and pick-up vans. The streets are then inhabited by men driving cars with tinted windows, who chase women, calling out to offer them a ‘lift’, promising to show them a ‘good time’.

Women speed up to get out of the area, hoping they won’t be followed home. K, in her early 20s, never had a chance when she was driving near Seaview on December 20. Her car was forcibly stopped. She was pushed into a silver Corolla by men who allegedly gang-raped and then dumped her off in DHA Phase II Extension.

The Clifton police investigated the case extensively. A great deal of evidence was collected, from CCTV footage to details about the car used and photographs of the perpetrators. The names of the culprits have been revealed to K’s friend M, who filed the First Information Report (FIR).

Yet the police are waiting to charge and arrest those guilty of the crime.

“The culprits are from an influential family so the police cannot arrest them,” railed M, even as he praised the work of the investigation team. “The police have investigated this case properly and they have all the evidence. They have identified the car and the culprits. They have CCTV footage which shows a silver Corolla chasing the blue Alto the girls were in before they stopped them.”

As the case remains in limbo, the days tick by slowly for the victim, K.

Raped, then interrogated

“Justice!” M exclaims angrily. “There is no justice in this country. I went to register the FIR because I felt it was my duty to help her as a human being. She was so brave, she went to the hospital and then to the Darakshan police station. But what happened to us there was terrible. There were a dozen policemen, from SHOs to SPs to the DIG, asking K to narrate the crime over and over again, asking her questions like ‘how many men were there?’” They were enjoying it.”

M alleges that he was beaten up at the police station. He continues to follow up on the case, despite the ‘notoriety’ that came with his act of compassion. “My picture was shown on every TV channel as if I was the rapist. I had merely stepped in front of the girls to deter the cameramen from getting footage of them,” he told The Express Tribune. “I filed the FIR because I wanted her to get justice but I do get scared that I could be implicated in some fake case. The culprits live close to my house and they could easily have me picked up tomorrow.”

“K and I went to meet Sharmila Farooqui at her office several times but nothing came of it,” he says. “We have been trying for so long to get justice and are still willing to go ahead. We have not left the city and are cooperating with the police. But even a police officer asked me, ‘Aapke paas Quaid-e-Azam hai?’ (Do you have money?). He said, ‘If you don’t, forget about getting justice in Pakistan.’ I do not know if they are waiting for the girl to address a press conference and name the perpetrators. What if the police haven’t told us their real names?”

Investigating officers insist they are building a strong case against the culprits. However, if the perpetrators are well connected, the police may be safeguarding their own long-term interests by delaying charging someone.

In cases involving influential citizens, police officers have often faced the brunt of charging them because they may be taken off the case, threatened, suspended or transferred elsewhere. In an alleged case of a minor’s rape in Khipro, Sanghar district, the defendant’s lawyer said the police would not even bring the accused to court hearings because they belonged to an influential family.

“Let alone humans, even animals don’t deserve to live in this country,” M says. “We should not even claim that we are ‘proud’ to be Pakistani.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 31st,  2011.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Atif
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:15PM

    “Let alone humans, even animals don’t deserve to live in this country,” M says. “We should not even claim that we are ‘proud’ to be Pakistani.”

    Shameful but trueRecommend

  • ahmed saleem
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:19PM

    the key is to let go of the feudalism in this country which is the basis for most of the evil taking place today. the influential people r in one way or the other connected to the chain of feudalism.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:24PM

    This country is no more such a place where a women can go out from there home.. Rellevant police officers should hang themself..Recommend

  • zaeem
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:12PM

    its like NoBody Killed Jessica…..how shocking in both India and PakistanRecommend

  • syed maududi
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:02PM

    this is democracy, i hope the Egyptian dont get this.Recommend

  • sara
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:49PM

    when the humanity doesnt remain in the society then these acts take place. And no doubt only innocent suffers. But as time passes their own sons will do with their daughters. Then they’ll decide whether to protect n give justice to their daughters or punish their own blood. Its now really shameful to even think that we belong to such country. Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:28PM

    once in the period of Hazrat Umer (RA) earth quake came. Hazrat Umer had his asaa in his hand. He strike it on earth and said:

    KYA MEIN TUJH PE INSAAF NHI KERTA?

    History is witness that earth quake stopped abruptly.

    So where injustice is more than masses, its surprise we dont face earth quake every moment.Recommend

  • watchman
    Jan 31, 2011 - 9:53PM

    its time for the gov. to show some guts and help the victims and their family …..Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Feb 1, 2011 - 9:21AM

    Democracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2011 - 10:24AM

    What a shame!! Those guys who committed this horrible crimes should be hang till death infront of the whole city to make an example. Girl loses everything after a rape but it is becoming a usual thing here. ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN.Recommend

  • oscar
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:22PM

    HAH….this is really sad.do we have first class,second class people or third class?
    Let`s be mindful of our acts,because one will reap what he sows and God is looking at us all.Let Justice prevail and people must execute their duties as professionals.May God forgive us!Recommend

  • Arslan
    Feb 1, 2011 - 8:33PM

    Shame on these * who call theselves humans. Recommend

  • A Citizan
    Feb 1, 2011 - 9:39PM

    All City police might be involve to save those culprits,, but public offer these all crimnals to do that again and again,, they once come infront and after that go for the long rest,, wake up CITTIZANS and Struggle till to a have your rights… Agr main ek Police Officer hota to un k incounter karta. My Parys are Mostly for that innocent Girl.Recommend

  • Aqil
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:43AM

    call the press conference,
    if M knows the culprits,, publish them all over the news and internet.
    That will teach all those responsiblesRecommend

  • Muaz
    Feb 2, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Bring media into and dont give up………inshallah u will get justiceRecommend

  • Javed Mir
    Feb 3, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Present Government is Fully Responsible To Save These Type of Animals in Our Society. It is Drawbacks of Corrupt Culture in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Feb 3, 2011 - 4:45PM

    If our women folks would not ahere to Islamic traditions and do not wear weil – Aaa Bail Mujhay Maar.

    For a just Islamic society, we have to have our normal Muslim traditions in place. This is the way Quran has taught us. But we betray these rules and regulations – we ask for it.

    No one else to be blamed except we own ourselves.

    Adopt true Islamic culture and do not roam around without a Mahram is the key solution.

    Those who do not learn for others mistake, I am sorry they do not deserve sympathy especially from myself. Nothing will happen and this case will be hushed up as we had seen for many others.

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
    Johannesburg
    South AfricaRecommend

  • G P Haque
    Feb 15, 2011 - 8:59PM

    @ ‘Doctor’ Saleem Siddiqi

    I hope to the good Lord that you are a figment of someone’s twisted sense of humor. Because if you are for real, then I, and numerous others have another reason to lose faith in this Godforsaken land of the heartless Neanderthals. Do you honestly believe that animals like those ‘influential’ sickos are only doing what they do because they are overcome by this sacred urge to implement the writ of Shariah? If by your warped convention, all the women (them being the inferior creatures that they are) are chained inside their homes, would these snakes not attempt to defile them given the chance to be in their vicinity? How about I say it more plainly, those ** are the REAL PROBLEM! Not the innocent people who are victimized for just living their lives. And by extension, people like YOU are the problem too, who attempt to justify every heinous crime against women through your deluded, patriarchal judgement.Recommend

  • Shabana
    Mar 15, 2011 - 11:46PM

    Dr Saleem Siddiqi,

    I guess you are right. And I guess we are living on the planet Mars!
    It is chauvinist men like you who blame women even when they are the victims of heinous and degrading crimes such as rape.
    Let me tell you that no matter how provocatively or ‘moderrnly’ a woman dresses, a man has no right WHATSOEVER to consider that as a cue and go rape her.
    How a woman dresses is no one’s business but the woman’s.

    Yes according to Islam a woman should cover up, but what’s to say that if a woman is driving around at the same time at the same place in a hijab, she will not end up becoming a target? Or will the men sit and contemplate “hmm, she is in a hijab, let us not rape her; let’s rape this next one who’s wearing a shirt instead!”
    If such men had this kind of integrity or respect, would they be even considering rape in the first place?!?
    Last of all, I doubt she needs your sympathy. Poor girl is already going through a lack of sympathy and support from our police department; I’m sure she’ll manage just fine without yours.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 11:01AM

    @Shabana:
    @G P Haque:

    We born in muslim family, dont realise the blesing that Allah has put in the commandments of wearing hijaab. that is why most of us have chosen to forsake this law. When Allah has asked the ladies to cover , it is for their own safety. beside doing hijaab , we have forgotten that in islam ladies should avoid going out without their mehrams. By following these rules inshallah 99% such mishaps can be avoided. and we must also read our duas prescribed by our Prophet SAW which will be inshallah extra protection and a sheild for all of us from our Allah. this should be the belief of every muslim. He is our Creator and He has warned us many times through His messengers and He knows what is best for us. Our intelect is too small to comprehend all the blessings that comes in this commandments.

    We do sympathize with her , she is like our daughter , but this should be a lesson to all other females.. We as human being should learn a lesson and try to go back to the injunctions of the Quran. otherwise we will also become another target. Allah forbid.

    Even if our brothers and sons need to go back and start to understand Quran onlyl then they will keep their gazes down and learn to respect women as their sisters and daughters.

    Allah says in the Quran:
    emphasized text
    “Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…” [Noble Quran 24:30-31]

    Allah Subhanatala has not forbidden us to enjoy our life and to go out and eat and study and enjoy other bounties of life but we need to do it in the boundry of sharia for our own protection. May Allah guide us and protect us in this time of fitna.. . May Allah help all those who have been harmed and may Allah make it easy for her and may Allah punish the culprits. Ameen.

    Saleem Siddiqi
    Johannesburg
    South AfricaRecommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @Shabana: Recommend

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