Narowal village: Christian family pleads for justice after child rape, stillbirths

Published: June 4, 2012
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The rape victim said they drugged her, took her to the fields and raped her.

The rape victim said they drugged her, took her to the fields and raped her.

LAHORE: Police investigators in Narowal are siding with men accused of gang-raping a 13-year-old Christian girl and then torturing her family and killing her two unborn cousins, say the girl’s family.

Though FIRs of both incidents have been registered, the police have already declared one of the three accused, a retired inspector’s son, innocent in the rape case. In the case for causing two stillbirths, the police are not arresting the accused even though a judge cancelled their interim bails.

The rape victim, a student of class six, told Civil Judge Mansoor Ahmed Warraich that Irfan, his employee Shahid and an unidentified man had kidnapped her as she walked past Irfan’s house on March 29. She said they drugged her, took her to the fields and raped her. She said she had been unable to cry out as her attackers stuffed some cloth in her mouth. She said that she woke up the next morning still in the fields, roused by family members who had been looking for her since she went missing. She said she had not gone to school since the day of the incident and never wanted to return.

Parveen Bibi, the family matriarch, told The Express Tribune that they had tried to lodge a case first at Domal police chowki, then Saddar police station, Narowal, but the police refused to register an FIR and instead urged the family to reach a settlement with the accused. They refused, and around 10 days later an FIR under Section 376 (rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code was finally registered at the police station.

A medical examination of the victim was conducted and established that she had been raped.

Parveen said that the accused and others then attacked the family to put pressure on them to reach a compromise and withdraw the case. She said on May 8 Irfan, his father Safdar Ali (the retired inspector), Salman Arshad, Asad Ali, Rashid Ali and Muhammad Boota invaded their home and beat up the family. She said women and children were also beaten. As a result of the attack, she said, her daughter-in-law Nosheen gave birth a day later to two stillborn girls.

She said that the police had registered an FIR against the six suspects under Sections 338-C (isqat-i-janin, abortion), 354 (assault on a woman), 452 (trespass), 109 (abetment), 147 (rioting) and 148 (rioting armed with a deadly weapon).

She said, however, that the police were favouring the accused. She said though a judge had cancelled the bails of some of the accused, the police were not arresting them.

In an order issued on May 29, Narowal Additional District and Sessions Judge Amjad Ali Shah also pointed out irregularities in the investigation. A part of the order reads: “…for the past seven days no recording in any case diary indicates either incompetency or clear malicious intent on the part of Investigation Officer SI Sarwat Hakeem. If any party is dissatisfied with the finding of the investigation, it can move an application for transfer of the investigation. The Investigation SP is warned not to interfere in this finding of the IO, otherwise a criminal case will be registered against him as well as against the IO for dishonest investigation.”

SI Sarwat Hakeem, the investigation officer in both cases, told The Express Tribune that the 13-year-old girl had gone to the fields with the three accused of her own consent. He said that she had a “friendship” with Shahid and they had fornicated “with her consent” He said the family had not found the girl in the fields; she had gone home on her own.

He also dismissed the family’s claim that Nosheen’s unborn baby girls had died due to being beaten. He said the stillborn children had been delivered 48 hours after the incident. He said that Section 338-C (causing an abortion) did not apply in this case and it might be removed from the FIR.

Parveen Bibi said that the accused were also putting pressure on them to stop pursuing the cases by claiming ownership of a seven-marla plot in the village which belonged to the family. She said that they had had to stop construction on the plot because of the claim.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Bilal Rana
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:22AM

    This is horrible. I hope this poor girl receives some justice. If not in this world, then InshaAllah, Allah will grant her justice in the next life. This story makes me ashamed to be from Narowal.

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  • Haris Farooq
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:19PM

    Several personal enmities between groups related to minority and majority religious circles in Pakistan usually ends up either on Blasphemy charges or other crimes like this. We need to create a pluralistic society with a greater respect to minority faith in Pakistan.

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 4, 2012 - 2:08PM

    This is sick. How can one rape a thirteen year old kid? And beating a pregnant woman? God knows what these sick ppl get in doing such things.Recommend

  • Kafir
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @Haris Farooq- “We need to create a pluralistic society with a greater respect to minority faith in Pakistan.”

    What a wishful thinking. You have already crossed that stage. Focus on making Pakistan “purer”.

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  • ashar
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Pakistan has become a family enterprize. One man in PPP, one in PML N, One in a religious party and one in essentially the Police service. Now what the law can do to them. They are the masters of the area. I am sure an unbiased investigation will lead to an influential family of Narowal havnig thier MNA MPAs in assemblies whose youngsters consider themselves above the Law.

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  • Aqua
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Suo motu?

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  • Lauren
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:16PM

    This is what will happen to non-muslims in the West if islam and sharia are allowed to fester and spreadRecommend

  • Patriot
    Jun 4, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @Lauren:

    Hi, It is really not about islam or religion and no one is going to support such acts. This is horrific as well as shameful.
    I am sure that the culprit doesnt even know the ABC of Islam, rather humanity. Such nut-heads should be punished that no other person can have courage to do it.

    Just a request to you: Do not turn everything towards religion.

    Thanks

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  • Hukum Singh
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:23AM

    @Lauren:
    Totally agree

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  • Yusuf Al-Kafir
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:36AM

    @Patriot

    Lauren didn’t bring religion into this situation, the rapists did.Recommend

  • Bohemian
    Jun 5, 2012 - 1:06AM

    damn you Pakistan!!!

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  • HumanePerson
    Jun 18, 2012 - 5:43PM

    This is outragious. And indeed Lauren, you are right.
    I don’t know if religion is the cause for people doing this, or if it’s just the kind of people.
    What i do know is that we should not let people like this into our country.

    Now what they forget is that every single human, is free in his own believes.
    If i wanted to believe there was a giant rattlesnake God like creature, i should be able to do that.
    What one should not do is try to force their religion upon others.
    And also religion is not a fact, it is a way of life. Different for every person.
    If my favourite colour would be red, and another ones favourite colour would be blue,
    It would not change anything to the fact that my favourite colour is red.
    But to get back to the case, what these ” despicable creatures” did to a 13 year old child, is inhumane.
    They should be punished ten times as horrible as their act on this poor girl, so that in the future, people will not even think about doing something like this.

    Inhumane acts like this should be punished accordingly, very cruel, and they should never be able to see light again.

    Ps. Don’t hate me for this, hate the offenders!!!Recommend

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