Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Charges framed against Landlords for raping minor Christian girl

Kasur:A Pattoki court has framed rape  charges against two Muslim Landlords  and put them on trial for allegedly raping a minor Christian girl at their residence on January 25, 2013.

Additional sessions judge Ijaz Hassan Awan fixed the case for recording of prosecution's evidence on July 9,2013.

The court charged Shabir and Sher Muhammad for raping under the Pakistan Penal Code.

"And, I hereby ,direct you the accused be tried for the offence punishable u/s 376 read with section 109 PPC," the judge said.

The two had allegedly raped the girl, who was held in confinement at the  residence of one of the co-accused when she went to take milk, the girl told.

On 14 June,2013,Lahore High Court Lahore dismissed the bail plea of an allegedly accused Shabir ,who had been arrested by police,of raping a 15-year-old Christian girl.The accused Sher Muhammad also applied for pre-arrest bail in the court in which next date is fixed 9 July,2013.Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill National Director of LEAD filed fresh power of attorney on behalf of Victim.

The Christian family pressurised for compromise by Police also, however, during bail petition, a few days ago the Muslims accused of the rape enlisted law enforcement cooperation from the City of Muridkey and made pressurised the family for compromised.With the intervention of LEAD the police officer was dismissed from job and Masih was released and discharged from false case.The presusure of landlords accused still on family.

In Pakistan minorities are living under fear and they are discriminated on the basis of the religion and culture. They are mostly victims of bounded labour, torture, rape, charges of blasphemy and many others. They are considered lower caste or second class people.

We ask for moral support for the continuity of work which LEAD provides in Pakistan.

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