Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Police assault: Faisalabad woman faces double whammy

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Police assault: Faisalabad woman faces double whammy

Published: September 7, 2011

First kidnapped by in-laws, then raped by police.


A woman, who was kidnapped and tortured by her in-laws, has alleged that a police official, claiming to be in-charge of her case, sexually assaulted her.

Talking to The Express Tribune on Tuesday, Shaheen, 35, claimed that after escaping from her abductors, she sought help from the police but, in turn, was assaulted by a police official.

She alleged that Amjad, the Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Police Station D-type Colony in Faisalabad, raped her and her complaints have, so far, been ignored.
Abducted by in-laws Shaheen, a mother of three, said she had decided to divorce her abusive husband and filed a case with the family court in Faisalabad for an award of maintenance allowance, which was accepted after two years in 2010.
However, despite court orders, she said, her ex-husband failed to pay the allowance and was subsequently arrested.

As a result, Shaheen claimed, her in-laws kidnapped her from the Faisalabad-Sammundri Road on August 11, 2011. She accused her abductors of torturing and beating her. Shaheen alleged that the police officials also disrobed and publicly disgraced her.
However, Shaheen managed to escape and moved a complaint before a police station against her abductors.
The complaint was filed at the D-Type Police (FIR No.618/11) under sections 365, 354, 511, 337-A and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Following the complaint, the ASI of the police station, Amjad, claimed that the case was assigned to him and assured Shaheen of arresting the accused.

He asked her to come to the station to provide details for the investigation.

“I remained at the station as the ASI promised he would conduct a late night raid and at about 11 pm, he took me to the Seghal City Bus Stop and raped me in a sugarcane field,” she said.
Shaheen said that she was left at the field, while the ASI escaped and threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident.

However, after getting a medical check up and a certificate verifying the assault, she immediately filed a case against the accused police official at the Women Police Station but, so far, no action has been taken.

Shaheen said she also filed complaints before the City Police Officer (CPO) and Regional Police Officer (RPO) but police officials did not take notice.

“I have now moved a petition before the Additional Session Judge Abdur Rehman Bodala and the court has asked for a record from the police,” she added.

Shaheen added that because of her complaint against the ASI of the police, investigation officials had set her abductors free.

She has appealed to the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the incident and provide her with justice.

The names of the victim and her family have been changed to protect her identity

Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2011.

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