LAHORE: The capital city police have registered as many as 113 cases of rape from Jan 1 to Aug 31 this year, out of which 62 have been ‘resolved’ and 86 accused arrested.

The police, however, failed to submit complete challans in 27 cases they claimed to have solved but awaited forensic evidence results or lack of evidence. In some of these cases suspects were on bail.

Similarly, the police registered 32 gang-rape cases during the eight months of which only 10 were resolved with their challans submitted and 22 accused arrested.

Official statistics available with Dawn show that out of the 113 rape cases reported to the police, 24 turned out to be ‘fake’ after investigations were conducted into them.

The police took 86 accused into custody out of 113 wanted in as many rape cases.

Of 32 gang-rape cases, only seven were discharged because of being fake while 15 others were ‘solved’ but still being probed into.

Out of 110 accused involved in gang-rape cases, police only arrested 22 during the first eight months of the year.

A senior police investigator told Dawn that mostly the victims in rape cases were teenaged girls. He said there could be several cases which were not reported to police because of the stigma attached to being victim of the crime.

He claimed the police solved a majority of cases, arresting the ‘rapists’ who were usually nominated.

The investigator said the police had to rely on physical evidence and suspects’ confessions in rape cases as eyewitness accounts were hardly available.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Investigation) Abdul Rab Chauhdry said many of the incidents had their roots in unchecked access of youth to internet and cable network. Mostly parents neither properly guide their children nor keep an eye on their activities on the internet, he added.

He said as such cases are hard to investigate, it usually led to submission of incomplete challans in courts.

Non-preservation of evidence, mishandling of DNA by forensic experts and doctors, delay in collection of victims’ swabs, involvement of innocent people in cases, delay in complaints to police and compromise between victim’s family and the accused party were among major factors behind submission of complete challans in courts, he said.

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Asif
September 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Registration of rape cases around the country, pakistan won't do. Unfortunately, We have not seen any criminal arrested in rape case being hanged in the last five years. The latest incidents of rape in lahore and faisalabad are intolerable. People who involved in such incidents, whether directly or indirectly must be hanged. We are muslims and muslim women have to be respected in the light of teachings of Islam.

Khanm
September 15, 2013 7:01 pm

@Asif:

Rape is rape it has nothing to do with religion... irregardless of whether you are Muslim Christian or Hindus…the crime should not go unpunished

ramesh
September 15, 2013 11:21 pm

@Asif: only muslim womens what a shame

Sarwat
September 16, 2013 12:42 am

Why our authorities doubt the girls, and not register the case. Our Hadood ordinance is not fair and should be thrown out in the circular file.

Kashif khan
September 16, 2013 12:40 pm

Exactly, I also agree that the rapist must be hang infront of Public

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