Gang rape: Landlords after couple for taking up case

Published: October 18, 2011
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" The investigation
officer let the
rapists go. He has
been trying to force
us to settle even after
Iqbal said he would
kill us either way,"
Husband Mazhar Din.

" The investigation officer let the rapists go. He has been trying to force us to settle even after Iqbal said he would kill us either way," Husband Mazhar Din.

SHEDANI SHARIF: 

A group of local landlords have allegedly threatened the lives of a gang rape victim and her husband unless they drop a case against them.

According to residents in Shedani Sharif, Rahim Yar Khan resident Mazhar Din and his wife Sadia Bibi have appealed to the court and police for protection after Sadia Bibi was raped by four landlords a couple of weeks ago. “The couple has locked themselves in their house and are clambering for help. They are desperate for protection,” said Sadia Bibi’s cousin Khalida.

Khalida told reporters that the accused landlords Chaudhary Muhammad Iqbal and his accomplices had threatened medical officials not to issue a certificate confirming that Sadia had been raped. “They stalked her and her husband for a week so that they couldn’t approach a doctor or the police,” she said.

Sadia Bibi told reporters that Iqbal was her husband’s employer and used to visit their house often. “On the day of the incident my husband wasn’t at home and he and his men abducted me. They took me to their dera in Ghazipur and raped me for five days,” she said.

Mazhar Din told reporters that he kept searching for his wife and appealed to the police to file a case. Station House Officer (SHO) Shahinshah Chandio registered a case and arrested Chaughary Iqbal.

“The Investigation Officer Azmat Ali Gahuri let him go and is not arresting the men. He has been trying to force us to settle even though Iqbal and his men are threatening to kill us either way,” Din said.

The couple have appealed to the District Police Officer (DPO) and Resident Police Officer (RPO) to help them get justice.

The names of the victim and her family have been changed to protect her identity

Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • aisha
    Oct 18, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Disgusting

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  • Ali
    Oct 18, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Munqfaq e Aala where are you and your good governance???

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:20PM

    The solution is land reforms as was introduced in India no one is allowed to own more than 30 acres of farm land . My grandfather had 75 acres he managed to sell some of the excess rest was aquired by the govt .

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Rahim Yar Khan………. another similar incident

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  • Bahadur Ali
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Here is a chance to show your honesty with Pakistan & Pakistanis! Our justice system fails here. Just few days back I heard a Famous Islamic Party’s leader telling in an interview how to ignore such cases. We need Secular System to help rape victims. Why Extremist Sympathizers are silent now? Where is that blood thirsty “simple justice mob” that shows-up to kill anyone on mere suspicion? Recommend

  • Javad
    Oct 18, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Unfortunately this is only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases are never reported.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 18, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @Jagjit sidhoo,
    I agreed man we need that kind land reform long time ago. Nehru govt done good worked.

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  • goggi
    Oct 18, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Duplicitous religious sex morality and religious oppression in the pakistani society are important reasons of such perverted behaviours. Dark figure of crimes as rapes, child assault, domestic violence, forced prostitution must be much much much higher. As long as one is not caught, the crime does not exist for the society.

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  • cautious
    Oct 19, 2011 - 4:55AM

    And you wonder why Pakistan has a terrible reputation?

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  • Pakistani Canadian
    Oct 19, 2011 - 6:58AM

    @jagjit sidhoo:

    Pakistan could not have gone through Land Reforms like India did, because Pakistan was carved out of India with the support of landlords with huge swathes of land. In exchange for their support, they guaranteed themselves positions of power/authority. Even today, these people infest all positions of power across the nation. India had no such issues, so it was easy for her to implement these reforms without significant backlash. Now having said that, most recent statistics show that only a handful of Pakistanis own more than a 100 acres, with the bulk of the landlords being below that figure. So, as admirable a concept as land reform might sound, Pakistan doesn’t really need it now. What it does need, is to continue to close the gap between the haves and the have-nots by working on the economy and focusing on education. 60+ years of issues will not be resolved in anything less unfortunately.

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