Sexual assault: 10-year-old girl points finger at father

Published: April 5, 2011
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LHC grants bail to alleged rapist after victim changes testimony.

LHC grants bail to alleged rapist after victim changes testimony.

LAHORE: 

The Lahore High Court on Monday granted pre-arrest bail to a man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl, after the victim changed her testimony and told the court that the actual rapist was her father.

The father was the complainant in the rape FIR, in which he had also accused the mother of consenting to her daughter’s rape. Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain took no action against the father or the mother. The girl came to the courtroom with her mother and left with her.

According to the FIR lodged at Wahdat Colony police station on August 22, *Muhammad Aisam raped 10-year-old *Mariam with the consent of her mother. Mariam had backed up the father’s version in testimony at an earlier bail hearing.

But appearing before the court on Monday, the girl said that her father had raped her several times and threatened her and bribed her not to tell anyone. She said that Aisam had not raped her.

In the FIR, the father had alleged that his daughter had told him on August 16 that while he was away from home, her mother had invited two boys – Aisam and Mamoon – to their house. She was quoted as saying that the latter had slept with the mother while the former had raped her. According to the investigation record, Mariam was given a medical examination and rape was confirmed.

Aisam in his bail application submitted that he was innocent and the girl’s father was trying to blackmail him.

On December 10, Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Rafiq had dismissed Aisam’s plea for bail after Mariam testified that the charges were true. “The medical report supports the version of the complainant,” reads Rafiq’s order in the case. “The complainant is of 9-10 years. Her statement at this stage cannot be discarded. No [malice] is attributed to the complainant. The bail application is dismissed.”

*Names have been changed to protect the victim’s identity.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 11:37AM

    we do not expect yellow journalism from express tribune. a trend setter is going after hot news which may grab attention early but leaving a very negative impact over all. and this kind of news do not reflect over society in real.Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 11:55AM

    There’s more to this than meets the eye. If the father was really involved why the court granted bail to him? Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:57AM

    @sohail taj:
    Oh come on, don’t be in denial, thats real and that is whats happening in your society. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Has anyone in judiciary or police heard of DNA testing?????Recommend

  • Irfan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:27PM

    @sohail taj:
    Either you say the news is not true, otherwise why is this yellow journalism? And how does it not reflect on our society I see such news almost daily!Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Denial is going to change nothing. Take it for what it is. So what if it wasn’t her father? The fact is that a 10-year old girl was violated in Pakistan.

    Our self-righteous mullas could do nothing. In fact, I’m beginning to see a pattern here (insert your choice of foreign conspiracy plot)Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:55PM

    I am speechless. This is something only a beast can do, and even beasts don’t copulate with their minor young. This father,if found guilty, should be made an example of justice. And the poor girl must be protected. Where is Mr. Rana Sanaullah who announced a reward of 25 acres of land for the cricketers of they won against India? Will he not muster some moral courage and give thsi land to the affected girl and other victims like her? But maybe, we may fear that then such rapes may really start with the consent of teh family. Oh man! There is no hope for poor victims!Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:56PM

    Whats happening in this country? she is too young to testify her father. Recommend

  • mudassar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:57PM

    seems like their personal family problem and they are trying to hit each other in a mean way !Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:27PM

    @Jamshed:
    I agree with you Jamshed, incest is a very common incidence here in Pakistan but it does not get reported because of shame or fear. Maybe Sohail Taj lives in some other PakistanRecommend

  • R. Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:03PM

    I agree with Mudassar!Recommend

  • Irfan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:21PM

    @mudassar:
    They may be blaming each other but the fact remains someone raped that girl! Recommend

  • Irfan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @mudassar:
    How is rape of a girl be a personal family problem! It’s serious offense whether done by someone within the family or outside. Simply brushing it off like this is not reasonable. Recommend

  • waheed
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Nations were turned to dust by Allah’s wrath. Due to such acts. One news stated people eating dead bodies other news tells of molestation. In this particular case, in both sides on person is a CULPRIT, how can a mother let this happen? IF at all justice of any kind exists in this country both parents (if found guilty) must be given most painful punishment. I believe media instead of diverting attention towards political dramas SHOULD point out such social evil doings.Recommend

  • Elder Pakistani.
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:57PM

    @Saad: Self righteous Mullah has got nothing to do with it but self righteous & funny Muslims like …. And all the responsibility for such incidents lies with dheelay dhaalay Musalman who are dwindling everywhere in this land of pure and they simply listen to no one except devil. My dear we must behave when we’re commenting on such a forum. Its very easy to blame others! Recommend

  • hussain syed
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:57AM

    @sohail taj:
    What an utterly stupid post… what do you expect them to post? An editorial on how Shahid Afridi does his hair? Stop living in denail… you guys are honestly retarded. Recommend

  • John
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:00AM

    And this is not Blasphemy?Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:00AM

    While such abusive psychopaths and degenerates can be found anywhere and in any society around the world, it is definitely a heavily worrying concern about how sexual frustration in our society is not even talked about!Recommend

  • sceptic ali
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:11AM

    sohail – incest is a human curse, it occurs in every society, including islamic. denial will only lead to further destruction of innocent lives. child molesters rely on people like you, who would rather not discuss it openly but sweep it under the carpet. if anything, we need to confront it head on.

    we can cure this cancer by shining the light of knowledge on it- such disease thrives in denial, and abhors daylight which acts like a disinfectant against it.

    somewhere, someplace a young girl or boy may read this article and gain courage to confront their tormentor who, per social scientists, is more than likely a close family member or family friend.

    indeed, i would urge the vernacular press to publish this story, not only in pakistan, but every south asian language. incest cuts across ethnic, religious and socio-economic categories, and we can stop it by talking about it.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:32AM

    @John:
    Of course this is Blasphemy, only if you are a non-Muslim. For us Muslims it is free for all!
    Eat your heart out minorities, sorry and ashamed to say.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • XYZ
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:06AM

    deserves calamities & extiction of this nationRecommend

  • Mansour
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Let us not start a debate on a malicious report. Can’t you see it is not proven that father has done it. Accepting anything you read is not always true. It is done for a purpose. How many incidents you have witnessed in our society?Recommend

  • Mansour
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:10PM

    @sceptic ali:
    Let us not start a debate on a malicious report. Can’t you see it is not proven that father has done it. Accepting anything you read is not always true. It is done for a purpose. How many incidents you have witnessed in our society?
    .Recommend

  • Apr 7, 2011 - 1:48AM

    The father if found guilty, should be hunged in the chowk; to make a symbol of justice !!!Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:01AM

    Guys have u heard of “Thighing” google it u will be enlightened Recommend

  • Sid
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:13PM

    Heyyy every one pls listen. dont come to the conclusions. Try to digest it that INCEST exits. being a civil society member and working for sexual abuse survivors I dealt with number of incest survivors. Some became pregnant. some cases are in Pakistani courts.06 April 2011 another urdu newspaper of Lahore reported a attempt rape(incest).These survivors are in real pain. Remember in rape survivor can leave that place but in Incest she has to live in same house. In our society relation and respect are part and parcel. Also we never noticed that why women or girls avoid some relatives even passing salam sometimes. Offenses like these are never ever welcomed in any society. Accused should be produced for trial in courts at any cost. We cannot generalize that if it is Islami jumoria-e-Pakistan then such crimes cannot occur here. Accept the reality and condemn it with logic and support these survivors. Believe me it is not a blame game. I wish in June 2011 i would able to share the facts, reasons (psychological as well as legal) on this issue. Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 7, 2011 - 11:37AM

    @Nobody:
    *infallible Recommend

  • Sidra Humayun
    May 9, 2011 - 2:00PM

    @ samisarwari786 we are already fighting another case .. wish the accused will be convicted.WAR Against Rape,LahoreRecommend

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