LAHORE: The Lahore High court quashes the bail plea of an allegedly accused of abusing a Christian girl.
In accordance with the details, the Lahore High Court has dismissed the bail plea of an allegedly accused of raping a 15-year-old Christian girl. An FIR. Bearing No. 22/13, under Section 376 (ii) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) was registered on the complaint of the father of the victim against the suspect.
During the hearing, the High Court also put to question the episodic pressurizing of the victim’s family by the police, told the National Director of LEAD, Sardar Mushtaq Gill. Fauzia Bibi, a 15 year old Christian youngster was abused on 25th of January, 2013, when she was kidnapped by two Muslim men while she was bringing milk to the family’s landlord in Roday village of Kasur district. The police subsequently, pressurized the victim’s father, compelling him to compromise in order to get his cousin Alam Ashiq released from prison. Alam Ashiq, cousin of victim’s father was “arrested on false charges filed against unknown persons six months ago,” Gill added.
“Police told the girl’s father that Alam Ashiq (his cousin), would be released if he compromised with the rapists and made sure they wouldn’t be prosecuted,” Gill explained.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill further said, that the Lahore High Court also “scolded the chief police investigator for not mentioning the second suspect. He was not prosecuted, perhaps because of corruption or pressure from local powers.”
The trial, which is to be carried on next month, has highlighted extensive concerns over the increasing abuse of Christian women and girls in Pakistan, who are intently forced to marry Muslims thus converting to Islam, according to Human Rights activists.
“Police have often been accused of complicity by refusing to properly investigate cases involving influential Muslims. The Lahore High Court statements suggested that judges share those concerns in this heavily Islamic nation,” Gill said. He also requested the Christians to pray for the case proceedings.