Police to become complainant in case to investigate death of female cricketer

Published: July 16, 2014
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Haleema Rafiq. PHOTO: FILE

Haleema Rafiq. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: After the family of a 17-year-old female cricketer, who reportedly committed suicide, did not file a case to investigate her death, police on Wednesday decided to become the complainant instead, Express News reported.

Haleema Rafiq, a resident of Multan and a fast-bowler on the national women’s cricket team, reportedly committed suicide on the night of July 14, around 13 months after she and four other cricketers had levelled harassment charges against top officials of the Multan Cricket Council (MCC).

Police had asked Haleema’s family to register a complaint at the station by 12pm on July 15 but they failed to do so, leading to the police’s decision to act as the applicant in the case to investigate the matter.

According to sources, Haleema’s body will be exhumed to conduct post-mortem examination.

On July 14, Haleema had drank acid used to sterilise toilets and lost consciousness. She was taken to Nishtar Hospital, where she breathed her last.

Haleema was buried on July 15 and police officials had said family members had declined a post-mortem. At the same time, the police had said that they would be an applicant in a case to conduct a postmortem, if necessary.

More than a year ago, Haleema and five other female cricketers had accused officials of the MCC of sexual harassment. The cricketers had told the media that the officials demanded sexual favours in exchange for selection in the team.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Kashif Naqvi
    Jul 16, 2014 - 7:01PM

    As is the norm in our land of the pure, nothing will happen. The police are just trying to earn some brownie points!

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  • Farhan
    Jul 16, 2014 - 7:45PM

    No words!

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  • salman
    Jul 16, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Her family already knows that she was accusing those officials wrongly.

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  • Jul 16, 2014 - 9:21PM

    where is Mr Najim sethi? I donot see his commentsRecommend

  • Jul 16, 2014 - 11:53PM

    May Allah rest her soul in peace ….AmeeenRecommend

  • khurram
    Jul 17, 2014 - 12:24AM

    This kind of harassment is common in such loose organizations.Recommend

  • Reader
    Jul 17, 2014 - 2:31PM

    Sometimes we’re too quick to jump the gun, however, an investigation had proved that the girls had fabricated the case to blackmail officials. The accusations were found to be false and therefore the case was dismissed. So most alternate reports are claiming that she committed suicide out of shame.

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  • Reader
    Jul 17, 2014 - 2:37PM

    Sometimes we’re too quick to jump the gun, however, an investigation had proved that the girls had fabricated the case to blackmail officials. The accusations were found to be false and therefore the case was dismissed. So most alternate reports are claiming that she committed suicide out of shame.Recommend

  • asif nawaz
    Jul 21, 2014 - 9:14PM

    If she had intentions to black mail officials then she would never thought to go such extreme. Is it easy to commit suicide?

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