BAHAWALPUR: An area magistrate has summoned the Manthaar SHO to court on August 18 on a petition accusing the police and a medical officer of favouring culprits in a child rape case.
Muhammad Iqbal, a resident of Chak 140-P, near Rahim Yar Khan, had filed a writ petition in the court of the area magistrate accusing Manthaar police and a medical officer of fudging the medical examination report of his eight-year-old child who had been allegedly raped by a neighbour. Iqbal said his son was playing in the street in front of his house on August 10 when Guddi Mai, a neighbour, called him to her house.
He said Guddi Mai’s son locked the child in a room and raped him. The child screamed and raised hue and cry and several people in the area gathered in front of his house.
He said the criminal had managed to flee. “We took the child to a rural health centre for medical examination.
The initial report confirmed that the boy had been raped. However, the police and medical officer later made a deal with the culprits so that the final medical examination report said that the boy had not been raped.”
Iqbal told the magistrate that he feared for his life. He said the culprits were pressuring him to take back the complaint.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2016.