Teacher gets death sentence, 10-year imprisonment

Convict also fined Rs0.6m for attempted rape and murder of 12-year-old student


Our Correspondent August 31, 2022
Housemaid awarded death sentence in the case. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI:

A district and sessions court  in  Rawalpindi  on  Tuesday  awarded  a  death  sentence to a teacher after he was found guilty of attempted  rape  and  murder  of  a 12-year-old  girl,  who  happened  to  be  his  student.

Additional  District  and  Sessions Judge Muhammad Afzal  Majuka  announced the judgment after a trial of over six months. The 12-year-old, Bareera Zahid, was stabbed to death on Marble factor Road within the limits of Rata Amral Police Station
on February 14, this year.

The  convict  was  later  arrested  by  police  with  the knife used in the murder. According  to  police,  the 21-year-old teacher named Adil from Abbottabad used to visit the victim’s house to teach her the Holy Quran.

The  girl’s  parents  had  barred  the  convict  from  teaching  their  daughter  after he attempted to sexu-ally harass her.

Later, the parents admitted their victim  daughter  to  a  nearby  tuition centre, where Adil attacked  her  and  stabbed  her  with  a  knife  in  the  neck, fatally injuring her.

The seventh grader died in the hospital due to excessive bleeding. The court also slapped a fine  of Rs500,000  on  the convict  for  brutally  murdering  the  girl. 

The  convict  was  also  sentenced to 10-year rigorous im-prisonment with a fine of Rs100,000 for the offence of  carrying  a  knife  to  the  tuition centre with the intent of killing the student.

Additionally,  the  convict  will  undergo  a  jail  term  for six more months if he failed to pay the fine.The judge ruled that the culprit has committed a  heinous  crime  and  deserved  no  mercy. 

The  father of the deceased lodged a complaint with the Ratta Amral  police  stating  that  Adil  attempted  to  sexually  assault  Bareera  but  she  thwarted  it  by  making noise.  After  that,  he  started sending his daughter to a tuition centre run by  a  female  teacher. 

The  complainant had said that Adil forcefully entered the tuition  centre  and  he  attacked and fatally stabbed his daughter, who died in the hospital due to excessive bleeding.

The  police  had  submitted  a  postmortem  report  of  the  victim  and  all  related evidence to the court. The convict was shifted to Adiala jail after the death sentence.

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