Tortured to death: Parents of 7-year-old girl murdered in Quetta await justice

Published: November 7, 2014
Bakhtawar Bibi, the mother of Sahar Batool, who was from the Hazara community and found dead at a garbage dump, shows a photograph of her late child in Quetta on November 7, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Bakhtawar Bibi, the mother of Sahar Batool, who was from the Hazara community and found dead at a garbage dump, shows a photograph of her late child in Quetta on November 7, 2014. PHOTO: AFP


The parents of a seven-year-old girl, whose tortured body was found dumped in a trashcan on October 28, are still waiting for justice.

Saher Batool went missing from in front of her house on Zarghoon Road on the morning of October 28.

“My daughter wanted to go to school along with her sisters, but they had taken a leave on that day,” her father Sakhi Khan recounts.

“I took Saher on my motorbike for a ride around the area before dropping her home. She went missing at the same time as her mother said she did not come back,” he told The Express Tribune.

Sakhi, a gardener, who had recently shifted to Zarghoon Colony from the Cantt area found his daughter’s body near the garbage dump near home.

“She was strangled and there were marks of torture on her face and body,” he said.

Sakhi has seven children and Saher was the sixth in siblings.

“There was a red mark on her neck when she was found in garbage dump,” her father said breaking down in tears.

“We do not have enmity with anyone. I have never been threatened before,” Sakhi added.

SHO Bijili Road police station Hasim Shah said that police are investigating the case.

“She was strangled with a rope and tortured, according to the post mortem report there are scars on her face and body,” he told The Express Tribune.

The report confirmed that the child was not raped, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Timorlane
    Nov 7, 2014 - 11:33AM

    Justice!!?? There’s no justice for the poor in this democracy


  • Tabish Ahmed
    Nov 7, 2014 - 3:23PM

    We as a society keep on reaching new low day after day!


  • Danny
    Nov 7, 2014 - 5:42PM

    Yet another Hazara victim……and the counts keeps on pilling up
    Still the leaders and the Govt is playing the role of spectator brilliantly
    I wonder what will happen if the Hazaras also starts retaliating


  • kulwant singh
    Nov 7, 2014 - 5:49PM

    @Timorlane: There is no justice for the poor any where. Exteremely sorry for the little child my heart felt sympathies with the parents. RIP


  • Azim
    Nov 7, 2014 - 6:59PM

    We are morally as well as socially corrupt nation, so as a result we have rulers and system that fails to do what is right. And on top of every thing we as a nation are full of hypocrats, majority of people here do not apply the same moral rules when it comes to them-self.

    Keep making smart statments on blog my countrymen as this nation moves into stone age.


  • csmann
    Nov 7, 2014 - 7:24PM

    Now they are after Hazara children.Hatred can turn people into monsters.


  • vasan
    Nov 7, 2014 - 7:52PM

    It is heart wrenching to see the photo of parents like this after losing their daughter to the criminals. Hope they get good justice.Recommend

  • Muhammad Rizwan
    Nov 8, 2014 - 10:34AM

    In this country what we can only do is hope.


  • Mehr
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:15PM

    disgusting!! poor parents, they look shattered. I can’t imagine the pain of burying your 7 year old daughter, even more so that she was tortured. Pakistan please act on these killings! Hazaras don’t deserve this!


  • Yousaf Changazi
    Nov 13, 2014 - 12:57AM

    begining me a human first,but belonging as one of the well civilized nation of the world “HAZARA” why i always treated like animals,we HAZARA believe on HUMANITY JUSTICE and PEACE.I raise my voice and speak out against this brutal killing of a innocent doughter of pakistan”Sahar Batool” I once again metioned and against this inhumanity its strongly request to everyone to make possible for pressurize the Government of Pakistan include law inforcemnt agencies of pakistan.


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