KARACHI: Two young women were kidnapped, gang-raped, and paraded in streets in Nauko of district Mirpurkhas in southern province of Sindh, police said Tuesday.
A group of men assaulted the two women to “avenge humiliation” after a free-will marriage between the two members of Rajput and Tangri tribes.
The case has been registered under sections 324 (attempt to murder), 365B (kidnapping of a woman), 504 (intentional insult), 452 (house trespass), 440 (mischief causing death or hurt), 395 (dacoity), 398 (attempt to robbery), 34 (act done by group) and 3 (punishment for offenses).
At least 12 men have been arrested, including Constable Gulzar Tangri, but the prime suspect Ali Nawaz Tangri is still at large.
The police have not yet added rape sections in the First Investigation Report.
According to the family, a man belonging to the Rajput tribe took their 18-year-old daughter to Karachi to marry her on February 2.
The police have said the kidnapping was not reported and the two groups were “resolving” the matter on their own.
On February 6, the Tangri group attacked the family and barged into their house and began aerial firing. According to the family, dozens of armed men beat the family and abducted 18-year-old daughter-in-law and 14-year-old daughter.
The 18-year-old survivor has accused the police of being involved. “Ali Nawaz Tangri took us to the house where a police constable, Gulzar Tangri, was present and then the two men took us to Banni,” she said.
“We were assaulted, paraded in streets and were gang-raped the whole night,” she added.
On February 7, the affected family staged a sit-on Naukot Jado Road prompting police and local administration to “recover” the two young women.
The 18-year-old has refuted the police’s claim and said they were bribed by the constable Gulzar to not to mention his involvement.
An initial medical examination conducted by Dr Zebnissa Kolachi at the Rural Health Centre, Naukot, confirmed that both the victims had been raped.
The FIR, under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, has been registered against the accused men on the complaint of one Ali Raza Rajput, the husband of one of the abducted women, only when the PPP MPA spoke to the DSP, SHO and other police officials.
Parents of the victims alleged that had the police officials acted on time, the women would have been saved. They alleged that the criminals on gunpoint also took away gold, cash, and other valuables from the house of Rajput.
“Nobody feels safe from people of these gangs of Tangri community but police of Naukot town have never bothered to take any action against them,” they added.
Mirpurkhas SSP Captain (retd) Asad Ali Chudhary, on the directives of high-ups of Sindh government, reached Naukot town and sought information from villagers and victim women on Tuesday.
The SSP said that the police team had so far arrested 12 accused nominated in the FIR and the remaining would soon be arrested. He said that justice would be done with the aggrieved people.
The SSP further said that since the initial investigations have confirmed sexual abuse against the affected women, they have sent the samples for DNA tests.