Protest over minor’s brutal rape, homicide in Karachi ends after police promise additional arrests – Pakistan
An hours-long protest on Karachi’s Nationwide Freeway towards the brutal rape and homicide of a six-year-old woman, whose physique was present in Bin Qasim City on Wednesday, was referred to as off the identical day after a senior police official assured the protesters of the suspects’ arrests.
The minor had gone lacking three days in the past whereas stepping exterior her house in Bin Qasim City’s Knowledge Nagar neighbourhood and her physique was recovered from the drain of the Metal City space on Wednesday, Bin Qasim Station Home Officer (SHO) Fahadul Hasan advised Daybreak.com.
He additional mentioned her kin had lodged a primary info report (FIR) on Feb 28 and two suspects — neighbours of the sufferer — have been taken into custody for interrogation.
Moreover, Malir Senior Superintendent of Police Investigation (SSP) Kamran Khan advised Daybreak.com that witnesses had reported they’d seen two males throwing the woman’s physique within the drain.
He added the police have traced each suspects with the assistance of the witnesses and detained them. The police officer mentioned the arrested had been being investigated and that considered one of them was a relative and neighbour of the woman.
He talked about a similar case within the Quaidabad space in November final 12 months additionally had a suspect who was the sufferer’s relative and neighbour.
The woman’s physique was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre to fulfil authorized formalities. Police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed mentioned: “The physique of a minor woman was discovered with arms and ft tied round 48 hours outdated.”
“Bodily findings are conclusive for violent vaginal and anal intercourse with the potential for gang rape,” she added.
Saying the reason for dying was reserved until reviews arrived, the surgeon mentioned, “All related samples, together with viscera and swabs from the physique, have been collected.”
FIR on kidnapping
SSP Khan added the Bin Qasim Town police had registered an FIR, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, under sections 34 and 363 of the Pakistan Penal Code on the grievance of the sufferer’s father.
Based on the contents of the FIR, the complainant mentioned he’s a taxi driver by career who lives in Bin Qasim City’s Knowledge Nagar for the final eight-nine years alongside together with his household.
He mentioned he had left his house in his taxi at round 7am on Feb 27 when his spouse knowledgeable him on the cellphone that their daughter had left to buy snacks from a close-by store at round 8am.
Nonetheless, upon her not returning house after a substantial time, his spouse inquired from the native residents and the shopkeeper as effectively however couldn’t discover her and knowledgeable him, the complainant mentioned.
The FIR additional mentioned when the complainant reached house and talked to the shopkeeper, he was advised the woman had purchased snacks and left. The daddy mentioned within the FIR that he suspected that somebody had kidnapped his daughter for some unknown purpose.
Protesters demand suspects’ arrest
Late Wednesday night, relatives and workers of political parties — including the PTI — protested against the brutal killing of the girl, blocking the National Highway near Steel Town Morr.
Demanding the immediate arrest of the suspects, the protesters set old tyres on fire, resulting in the highway being blocked for around four hours, according to witnesses.
Malir SSP Hassan Sardar held talks with the protesters at the location and regretted the minor girl’s cruel murder.
PTI Karachi leader Dr Masroor Siyal, who led the protest, told the media they ended the protest over assurances given by the Malir SSP that the culprits would be arrested within 24 hours.
SSP Sardar also told the media that some suspects have already been detained and more arrests would be made.
“We are also human beings and I am a father of daughters. I feel sorry about the tragic murder of the minor girl and such beasts (culprits) will be taken to task,” said the senior officer.
In a statement, Karachi Traffic Police spokesperson had said that the National Highway opposite the Steel Town police station was blocked due to a protest at 11:53pm on Wednesday night. Resultantly, traffic going towards Thatta and coming to Karachi was stopped. The protest ended at 1:17am on Thursday morning.
Politicians condemn murder
PTI Karachi President Aftab Siddiqi said the murder of the minor girl after rape in the Steel Town area was regrettable. He said when the girl went missing, the police should have taken swift action but were “negligent”.
Demanding the immediate arrest of the killers, he said: “Because of the inaction of the government, innocent girls are being killed.”
He said he stood with the victim’s family and demanded the government provide justice to them.
Separately, Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Malir affairs and PPP Malir President Salman Abdullah Murad condemned the murder and urged the Malir SSPs of the Operation and Investigation Wings to immediately arrest the suspects.
“We regret the brutal murder of the minor girl and share the sorrows of the family,” Murad said. He asserted that the Sindh government would provide active support to the victim’s family.