Fort Munro victims' alleged perpetrators undergo medical, DNA tests

Published: June 13, 2012
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Fort Munro is the only hill station in southern Punjab in the Sulaiman Mountains Range. Its altitude is 1800 meters and attracts many people for short stays during the summer. PHOTO: tdcp.gop.pk

Fort Munro is the only hill station in southern Punjab in the Sulaiman Mountains Range. Its altitude is 1800 meters and attracts many people for short stays during the summer. PHOTO: tdcp.gop.pk

LAHORE: The five women allegedly raped by members of the Border Military Police near Fort Munro last week, and the three accused, have travelled to the Forensic laboratory in Lahore to undergo medical examinations, Express News reported early Wednesday morning.

Express News correspondent Saqib Saleem Butt said that eight people, including the five women and the three officers had reached the forensic lab in Lahore where Director General Tahir and his team would be conducting their medical examination and DNA tests.

Butt said that the officials said they would be submitting a report of the medical examination within a week’s time.

Five girls, hailing from Dera Ghazi Khan were held captive and gang-raped by police at their station in a village on the border between Pakistan and India, officials confirmed on Saturday.

Three suspects – Amjad Ali, Ahmed Zafar and Naveed Iqbal – were arrested, while two others are at large. The victims identified the fourth suspect as Majeed Leghari.

The rape victims told an investigation on Sunday that they could identify all five personnel accused of the crime, including the two men who have escaped. They also revealed that the BMP officials had filmed the gang rape and had threatened to make the footage public if the girls dared to disclose the sequence of events.

Higher authorities, including the Commandant of Border Military Police and even President Asif Ali Zardari had taken notice of the incident with the latter demanding a report of the case. He said strict action would be taken against those involved. He also directed them to ensure the safety of the victims.

A National Assembly panel on human rights summoned BMP commandant Basra on Sunday. The NA standing committee on human rights also summoned the concerned district police officer and district coordination officers in the case.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Max
    Jun 13, 2012 - 2:22AM

    I did not know that DG Khan district touches the Indian border. Please ask the correspondent to look at the map before turning in their report. Is that the standard of journalism in Pakistan?

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  • Asad Malik
    Jun 13, 2012 - 4:13AM

    If found guilty they should all be hanged for such heinous crimes

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 13, 2012 - 4:36AM

    Where are the “dharnas” and “long marches” for the rape of five innocent women (at the hands of the protectors and guardians) by ghairatmands of our country.

    Ahh.. the perpetrators were not Americans.. ? So all must be good..!

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  • Jun 13, 2012 - 9:02AM

    If the perpetrators of the crime are convicted and punished by the court fast the image of ruling l party will get boosted among the females & voters. Even the quick action initiated by the president shall be appreciated.

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  • nasim ahmed
    Jun 13, 2012 - 9:44AM

    When the country passes through turmoil such instances are bound to happen,i should suggest that our sisters must excercise restrain and avoid travelling to isolated and remote areas without the company of the full family.

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