SUKKUR: The Sindh government has ordered the district public prosecutor of Khairpur to investigate claims that a lecturer assaulted one of his students.
The woman, S, who is a student of Government Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed Girls Degree College, was allegedly raped by her lecturer, M, on October 8, when she went to college to get her Intermediate certificate. The accused was arrested by the police and a case has been registered against him at Gambat police station.
S is undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital, Sukkur. Talking to The Express Tribune from her private room, S narrated that when she went to collect her certificate, M asked her to sit in his office and left. “He came back and started groping me and when I resisted he became violent and sexually assaulted me,” she recalled. “My father and uncle, who were waiting in the car park, rushed to the room after hearing my screams but the lecturer escaped.”
S’s father H took her to the Khuhra police checkpost, where she recorded her statement that led to M’s arrest. Later, she was taken to a hospital but since they did not have proper medical facilities, she was brought to Civil Hospital, Sukkur.
H, who used to serve in the army’s medical corps as a naik clerk until 1990, has four sons and only one daughter. “Since S is my only daughter, I wanted her to study as much as she wanted but that beast has ended her career,” he said, adding that the family has started receiving threats from influential persons. S’s mother is disabled and did not utter a word during this meeting.
Meanwhile, Khairpur District Public Prosecutor Altaf Hussain Soomro, along with Khairpur District Attorney Jawed Latif Memon and assistant district public prosecutors Nazir Ahmed Pathan and Rizwana Kareem Kobhar visited Civil hospital to record S’s statement.
“I have been directed by the provincial law minister Ayaz Soomro to probe into the matter and provide legal aid to the victim,” the district public prosecutor told The Express Tribune. “[On October 15] we will produce her before the civil judge of Gambat to record her statement under section 169,” he added.
ASI Gambat police station Mumtaz Dasti said that FIR No. 236/2010, under sections 376/1 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code, were registered against the accused. M was produced in the court of the second civil judge, Gambat, and was sent to police custody on a three-day remand.
18-year-old girl raped in Ghotki
An 18-year-old girl, a resident of Bahawal Nagar, was raped in police custody near Daharki. The court has ordered the arrest of the accused policeman.
Fifteen days ago, the victim had a fight with her family and came to live at her aunt’s house in Daharki. The incharge of a nearby police check-post raided the aunt’s house and arrested the victim and her brother-in-law.
The victim said that the incharge raped her for three days and she was only presented in court when the media published news of her detainment. She was released after a payment of Rs500,000 bail and was given into the custody of her brother-in-law.
The court also directed the police to conduct a medical check-up of the victim and present reports on October 20. The police have yet to find the accused as he escaped after the court hearing.
Protest against student’s rape
Activists of Pakistan Human Rights Support Organisation organised a protest against the alleged gang rape of a class X student of Khipro.
The protesters gathered at Hyderabad Press Club and demanded action against the culprits.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2010.