A teenaged girl in Kaghan, who tried to hide the fact that she was sexually assaulted, was outmanoeuvred by the rapist who uploaded the video on YouTube, police and family said on Thursday.
Nazia* told the police that she was on her way back home from the nearby meadows about two months ago when Najeeb* grabbed her. When she cried out for help, he threatened her with a knife. “Once I was overpowered, he dragged me to the bushes.” He assaulted me twice, she told the police. However, the fifteen-year-old’s ordeal did not end there. The rapist filmed the unnatural offence with his cell phone, according to the police.
While Nazia preferred to keep silent, the video went viral and her parents came to know about it from others. She was forced to share details with the police, who registered a criminal case under section 377 of the Pakistan Penal Code against the accused and sent the victim to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital, Mansehra,for an examination.
Sources at the hospital said although a complete medical report would be sent by a chemical laboratory in Peshawar, the examination confirmed the girl was raped.
The victim’s father, a farmer, while talking to The Express Tribune by telephone said, “The family has been dishonoured and Nazia’s life destroyed. Millions of people would have watched the video.”
He demanded an exemplary punishment for the accused and a ban on internet companies which allow such movies to be uploaded.
Khursheed Azhar Khan, a high court lawyer and human rights activist condemned the incident and said the current punishment for uploading blue movies on the internet did not act as a deterrent. Under section 292 a, Whosoever sells, lets to hire, distributes, publicly exhibits or in any manner puts into circulation […] shall be imprisoned for a maximum of three months, or with fine or with both.
Names have been changed to protect identity
Published in The Express Tribune, December 23rd, 2011.
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