ISLAMABAD: A 16-year-old, who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint from her home in Rawalpindi and later allegedly sexually assaulted by two men for multiple days, died at her home in a village in the district early on Sunday morning.
Police say they have now arrested the two main suspects in the case
The victim’s family says she had been abducted by one of the two suspects on the night of August 8. The next morning, when the family went to search for the girl on their own, a man named Javed from the neighbouring village approached the girl’s father and told them that their daughter was in Chakwal and offered to help recover her but only if the family pays him Rs3,000.
The family paid Javed the money the same day and he told them that their daughter would return home within two hours. She though did not return.
The girl’s father kept calling Javed’s number throughout the night but he never picked up.
The girl’s father said that he even went to Javed’s house in the morning and found his daughter there in a semi-conscious state.
Javed claimed that he had just brought her back from Chakwal and handed the girl over to his father.
When the girl reached her home, she started crying and told her family that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint from the roof of her house on the night of August 8 and was taken to Javed’s house in the neighbouring village.
Her family later told the police that she was allegedly kept in Javed’s house for two days where both Javed and Imran took turns to rape her. The Rawat police subsequently registered a rape case against the two suspects. However, they did not arrest them until the girl died early on Sunday morning and the case attracted media attention. The girl’s family told The Express Tribune that she had been unwell ever since the incident.
“She threw up and died soon afterwards at around 5am today,” a family member said.
She was taken to a hospital for a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.
The family member said the girl was enrolled in the eighth grade but had left school just a couple of weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Rawat SHO Nasir Abbas has said that they have arrested both prime suspects in the case on Sunday.
He added that the family failed to contact the police during the time when the girl had gone missing and only approached a precinct after she had been recovered.
Abbas said that they were still waiting on both, DNA reports to confirm sexual assault and a post-mortem report to establish the girl’s cause of death, adding that the family had told them that the girl was not well ever since the incident and perhaps died due to the same reason.
However, only an autopsy report could reveal the real cause of death.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2018.