Gang rape: The penalty for ‘staring’

Published: November 24, 2011
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Shaheen was paraded naked and then gang raped.

Shaheen was paraded naked and then gang raped.

MULTAN: A gang rape victim was paraded in the village streets because her husband allegedly ‘stared’ at the daughter of one of the rapists.

According to police officials, Mian Channu Chak34/15-L resident Asiya, 35, was working with her family in the cotton fields when seven armed men gang raped her. “She kept screaming for help but no one came. I was too scared to do anything because I felt they would do the same to me,” said her sister-in-law Safia. Safia told police officials that the accused began firing in the air to scare off villagers.

“Many of us tried to rescue her but the men kept firing,” Muhammad and Younus, who were also working in the fields, told police officials. Asiya told the police that the men stripped her and paraded her around the village. They stopped at each of their own houses and raped me there before taking me to my own house where my husband couldn’t do anything because they threatened to kill him,” she said.

In the meantime, residents of the area united and informed the police and the criminals ran away before the police arrived. Nadeem, an eyewitness, told police that Asiya’s husband Abdul Kareem was accused of staring at one of the daughters of the rapist.

“The rapists said that he used to ogle at one of their girls and that the only suitable punishment was for the entire village to ogle his wife,” said an eyewitness Bashir, adding that the rapists paraded Asiya at gun point.

Villagers told police officials that the accused had been threatening retribution on Abdul Kareem for a week. Ashraf’s daughter was going to college a week ago and she passed by Kareem’s shop in the village.

“Apparently Kareem and his staff ogled her and called out names and she told her father. That is what started it,” Bashir added.

Abdul Kareeem told police officials that the charges levelled against him of harassing the rapist’s daughter were completely unfounded. “The issue is over land. They wanted me to sell my property to them and I refused,” he added.

Mian Channu Station House Officer (SHO) Mehar Manzoor Siyaal told The Express Tribune that the police had lodged an FIR under Sections 365B/376, 337 H2/148 and 149 and none of the clauses allowed bail, so criminals would not be released.

“We have been raiding different areas to arrest the criminals. There were seven armed men and four of them gang raped the victim. The other three helped hold her down,” Siyaal said. He said that police had already arrested one of the alleged accused Amjad but the remaining six were at large.

“The accused have locked up their houses and these houses are all empty. They planned their escape in advance but we will track them down,” he said.

The victim, Asiya, has asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the chief minister for justice and has sought police protection for herself, her husband and her five children.

Police officials said that Asia’s DNA samples had been sent to the lab for testing and police were awaiting the results before moving the court.

All names have been changed to protect the identity of the victim

 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Rabia Khan
    Nov 24, 2011 - 9:51PM

    So sad that my heart is aching after reading this… No woman or mother deserves such humiliation, these people have lost their humanity if they dont realize what they’ve done..

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  • Nov 24, 2011 - 9:55PM

    One of those raping animals actually has a daughter?!

    Catch, whip, parade and hang all these misogynist thugs. Armed gangs of men committing crimes against defenseless women has become an epidemic.

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  • Imran
    Nov 24, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Where is Khadim-e-aala?

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  • No way!!!!
    Nov 24, 2011 - 10:20PM

    What the……

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  • Hiba Fatima
    Nov 24, 2011 - 11:20PM

    This is outrageous. Why is a woman’s worth robbed away with such brutality?

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  • Karim
    Nov 24, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Recently Tehmina Doltana was saying that PML-N has given Punjab Law and Order. Did she mean this?

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  • Rizwan
    Nov 25, 2011 - 12:36AM

    Lets see if the religiously inclined people, the molvis, the pathans, the people who want to enforce shariah will speak against this. I doubt that very much. Lets see if the ijtima of “educated” ulema at Raiwind will speak against the “toheen-e-insaniat”. Most likely they will say she lacks witnesses, but because of admitting to the crime against HER, she is at fault and needs Islamic punishment – the criminals can walk tall.

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  • What the H
    Nov 25, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Yes . . . as usual, the police arrives after the criminals flee . . . Incompetence start to finish! Please spare the nation of Pakistan from these Evil. Ultimately, the Goverment is responsible for this lunatic, lawless jungle!!

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 25, 2011 - 4:38AM

    Only in Punjab Perhaps something in Panjub waters make them behave this way

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 25, 2011 - 5:58AM

    As usual, this does not perturb the Mullah Brigade. Otherwise, these shameful, barbaric acts would have ceased. But we get to read variations of this barbarism with frightening weekly regularity. Or should I say daily regularity? The mullahs are more concerned with Sherry Rehman’s appointment as the ambassador to the US. The evil Mullahs will destroy Pakistan, under the name of religion.

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  • JS
    Nov 25, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Is anyone in this country proud to us as a people or where we currently stand as a nation??

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  • Nov 25, 2011 - 10:34AM

    This is UNBEARABLE and reading this is worse than acid being thrown on me. Where is the law and order in Punjab? Where is the PMLN? What is The IG doing? Where is Rana Sanaullah? Where is Federal Home Minister? What are the Choudharies of Gujrat? All these are morally responsible being the so-called ‘big guns’ of Punjab. Salams

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  • ky
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:04AM

    Shameful. i feel sad as a Pakistan and a Muslim; now where are the people who are fighting the west on the pretext that they are wrong and anti Islam. is the Islam????

    Shame

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  • MAHER ALI
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:06AM

    WTF! Just catch these animals and feed them to wild dogs…..

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  • AK47
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:15AM

    What we need is Taliban-style Sharia law for rapists.

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  • erfan
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Pathetic, there is no use to become macho man after the incident which rulers will become now.The idiots who did this must be paraded with blackened face infront of their own village and in all major cities to make an example.Shamefol act.

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  • Jameel
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:36AM

    This sort of incidents are not even news for most media outlets anymore.

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  • 90
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:50AM

    I am sure this would have never happen .. if MQM has there Unit office in that area

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  • xzy
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Now there are witnesses even. Would Jamaat Islami’s ameer Syed Munawar Hasan still ask of this woman to keep quiet for the sake of her honour?
    This should be brought to the knowledge of quack Dr Zakir Naik too since he claims that rape is a woman’s fault, because they provoke men.

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  • Daadi Amma
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:57AM

    What the hack is wrong with us?!!! Ofcourse, we need an Afghanistan-style NATO intervention in our country- where everybody could learn a lesson. God!

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  • Sajid
    Nov 25, 2011 - 12:09PM

    We need a Sunny Deol in each of villages like this one

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  • Anjum
    Nov 25, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @AK47:
    Pls, no. We need the men of the village to be men, brave, not chickens, and take the culprits.

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  • Malik
    Nov 25, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Where is the EMPATHY??? Honor culture is crap. The whole culture that says the women of the family carry the entire family’s honor needs to end. Only then will people stop violating women in order to “get back” at the woman’s family. Honor culture is what makes this happen, and it needs to be abolished! All people should be responsible for THEIR OWN HONOR. I’m doing all I can to teach my son to have empathy for others. Without empathy, mankind is DOOMED, and putting the honor of the entire family solely upon the female family members creates a SICK society.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 25, 2011 - 11:30PM

    You can drag someone two miles naked in a Pakistani street and the police are no where to be found? And you wonder why the world has a poor opinion of Pakistan? I suppose the police are awaiting DNA evidence before they decide what to do —- PATHETIC!

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  • Maria
    Nov 26, 2011 - 8:51AM

    @Imran: Would you prefer that he hide in London? Why try to score cheap political points when a woman is being abused? When women are paraded naked in the streets of villages in India like in the movie Bandit Queen (based on real events) did you first think of asking about the Chief of the Indian state? Let’s work to stop abuse of women everywhere.

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  • Mujtaba
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Please post my previous comments

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  • Grace
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @Jadugar: But this happens in each and every Indian state where high caste people parade the women of low caste women naked. Does this mean the all the water in south asia is sick? What about the water in Canada where an Afghani man killed his wife and three daughters to avenge his “honour”. Why don’t you just condemn all crimes against women all over the world?

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  • Stenson
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:37AM

    @Sajid:
    Who is Sunny Deol? Does he stop attacks against low caste women when they are paraded naked in Utter Pradesh India?

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  • Dwito
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:34PM

    @Imran:
    Enjoying the story.

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  • Dwito
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @Hiba Fatima:
    But that’s the normality in your culture, girl.

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  • AM
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:07PM

    If the daughter of the rapist has started going to college, he must take her off the college immediately. he nation cannot pay for a daughter’s enlightenment in the form of a brigade raping every other woman of that village on the charges of “ogling” (as if the rapist hasn’t been involved in such activities ever). Besides, whats the point of educating one’s daughter, if the father has his own bestial code of ethics.

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  • asha kachru
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:30PM

    this is the reason forty years back agoupr called society to cut the penis of men was formed. it should be reformed.

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  • Dwito
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:33PM

    My all rest posts are detained. folks, if you want to counter me, pl. appear in http://islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=879.

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