LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday took notice of persons, allegedly involved in the rape of a teenage girl and threats to her family, not being arrested. Following the directions of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, the LHC complaint cell asked a session judge to probe into the matter and submit a detailed report within a week. The LHC had taken the notice of the incident following a report in a newspaper on December 6 which highlighted that Racecourse police had registered an FIR against Saleem* and two unidentified people for raping a 14-year-old girl after kidnapping her. It said that the investigation police had released the accused after taking him into custody. The LHC complaint cell also asked the session judge to submit report regarding the steps taken by the police along with his personal comments. The girl’s mother, Perveen Bibi, said in the FIR that Saleem and his accomplices came to their home in Garhi Shahu on August 29 and lured her daughter out by saying that they would remove all hurdles in the way of her marriage to her fiancé Raja. She said the accused took her daughter to a house in Model Town, raped her and threw the girl in critical condition in front of her relatives’ house in Green Town. She told the court that the police deliberately registered the FIR after a delay of six days, on September 4. The complainant said that after three days of the FIR being registered, locals handed over Saleem to police but he was released within 48 hours without his arrest being recorded in the police records.
(*Name of the accused has been changed to preserve his identity)
Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2012.