Female barrister’s gang rape shocks Pakistan




BY KASWAR KLASRA



ISLAMABAD: Three unidentified people kidnapped a female barrister in Pakistan, gang raped her for four days. The accused are on the run after throwing the victim off the road after four days. Police has taken up the case, however, it is yet to trace them.

It all happened on August 15, when unidentified people kidnapped her on gun point as she was half way to her home after attending hearing at courts.
The kidnappers took her to unknown location where she was gang raped for four days. The accused threw the victim unconsciously off the road handcuffed and fled. According to local media reports kidnapers also made her sign blank papers.
Victim’s family has been desperately looking after for her since the day she couldn’t make her to home.

It was only after four days into her kidnapping, that her family found Nasreen on the fringes of Mailsi, a town around 200 kilometers away from their residence.
According to police, a passerby who found her with her hands tied behind her and gagged with a rope reportedly rescued the lawyer.
According to local media reports, a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged on August 22 by her teenage son.

District Police Officer of Okara formed a special investigative team to investigate the kidnapping and week-long torture of lawyer who was recovered from Mailsi.

The DPO, while formally announcing the woman’s recovery, said last week that special police team was tasked with searching for and arresting the kidnappers. The team comprises superintendent of police (SP) for investigation, Shamsul Haq, and two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), he added.
The woman has been shifted to the Dipalpur tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital, the police officer said.

Gulf News has recently reported that Pakistani tweeps are demanding #JusticeforNasreenAdvocate after a female lawyer was reportedly abducted and raped by three men in the district of Okara, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, on August 15. She was found four days later and her video has caused outrage online.
The victim, Irshad Nasreen, belongs to the city of Haveli Lakha in Okara District and is a mother of six.

A video of the victim recently surfaced on social media, showing her in a traumatised state.

Soon after the news came to light and Nasreen’s video circulated online, netizens expressed their dismay at the incident.

Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, on accountability, tweeted saying that the premier has taken notice of the incident.
He, @ShazadAkbar, wrote: “Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI has taken notice of [the] incident in this video below and has instructed police and concerned officials in Punjab to arrest culprits and provide all possible assistance to the victim.”

Earlier in July this year, a kidnapped Christian girl in Pakistan has phoned her parents to say she is pregnant after being raped by her abductor, who has imprisoned her in one room of his house.

Tabassum Yousaf, the lawyer fighting for the freedom of 15-year-old Catholic girl Huma Younus who was kidnapped in October 2019 and forced to convert to Islam, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the abducted teen had managed to contact her parents and update them.

Ms Yousaf said: “Huma has telephoned her parents, telling them that she has now become pregnant as a result of the sexual violence she has been subjected to.

“Asked by her father if she could leave her abductor’s house and return to her parents’ home, she told him that she is not allowed to leave the house and that her life has become still more difficult, since she is now imprisoned within the walls of one room.”

The lawyer added that Mukhtiar – the brother of the kidnapper, Abdul Jabbar, and a member of the Pakistan Rangers, the federal paramilitary security force – had threatened the family.

Ms Yousaf said: “This man has contacted Huma’s parents via video telephone calls and threatened them directly, showing them his weapons and telling them he would kill them if ever they should come looking for their daughter. This same man, Mukhtiar, has added in audio messages that even if all the Christians should band together to bring Huma back, he would kill both her parents and anyone who tried to help them.”

The case was due to be heard on appeal at Sindh High Court on Monday (13th July) but the court is shut because of Covid-19 and the hearing has been postponed.

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