Rape suspect’s bail plea rejected by sessions court

Allegedly assaulted teenage orphan gives birth to a boy; police conducting DNA test


Our Correspondent June 10, 2017
Allegedly assaulted teenage orphan gives birth to a boy; police conducting DNA test. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: A sessions court has turned down the bail plea of a man who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl after she reportedly refused his marriage proposal.

NM* had been arrested in January after a girl lodged a case against him for allegedly sexually assaulting her.

Though the incident took place in May last year, it only came to light after it was reported to the police in January.

The 17-year-old victim*, who was an orphan teenage girl, had been staying with her relatives in Sector G-12in Islamabad last May when NM*, her aunt’s brother, approached her and asked her to marry him.

After she turned down the proposal, she said that SM* allegedly helped her brother NM* sexually abuse her.  She added that SM* allegedly drugged her and locked her in the room as NM* repeated raped her over three to four days.

Further, the victim claimed that NM* had threatened to kill her younger brother if she told anyone about the assault.

The victim said that her uncle was unaware of all this and that she returned home in another district after a month.

The assault left the victim pregnant but she kept quiet out of fear until January this year when she told her family about the incident.

A few days later, the victim and her family lodged a complaint against NM* as well as SM* at the Ramna police station.

Police subsequently arrested both SM* and NM* as doctors at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed that the victim was seven-month pregnant.

Officials said that during questioning, the suspect had confessed to sexually assaulting the victim several times.

NM*, who had filed a plea for bail, is currently in Adiala Jail on judicial custody remand while SM*, who is accused of facilitating the crime, was released on bail in February.

“The petitioner [suspect] is not only nominated in the FIR but the complainant [victim] has also made statement against him under section 164 CrPC … In tentative assessment there is sufficient material available on record connecting the petitioner with the alleged offence,” the judge observed as he turned down NM’s bail plea.

The victim gave birth to a baby boy a few weeks ago and police have obtained samples from the baby to conduct a DNA test to match it with samples collected from the suspect.

The results of the test, however, are still awaited.

Meanwhile, Advocate Imtiaz Ahmad Somra, the counsel for the victim, said the baby had been adopted by a couple who did not have a child.

*NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT IDENTITY

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2017.

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