A rape victim has been sentenced to six months in prison for ‘concealing’ the incident involving her own son-in-law in a remote village of northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The district and sessions court in Ghakuch Valley, the headquarters for Ghizer district and about 80 kilometres from Gilgit, also handed down a 15-year imprisonment to the rapist.
Local police has confirmed that the man is in their custody.
The case came to the police knowledge after the victim gave birth to a baby in a local hospital. She revealed during the course of investigation that she had been raped by her son-in-law Liaqat Ali, a businessman from Mansehra district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
She said that the rapist had bullied her into silence. “He had threatened to kill my family if I disclosed the incident.
“I had no option but to keep my mouth shut,” a source quoted her as telling the investigators.
Following her statement, the police registered the case and proceeded with legal action.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2011.
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