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Peshawar High Court. - File Photo

PESHAWAR: In an unprecedented move, the Peshawar High Court’s chief justice granted bail on Monday to five persons, including four women, allegedly arrested from a brothel, with a directive that the woman accused of running the place should daily attend a class of religious teachings conducted by a prayer leader (imam) of a mosque in Hayatabad Township.

Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan accepted the bail petitions on the condition of furnishing two sureties of Rs50,000 each.

He ordered the alleged supervisor of the brothel to regularly visit the prayer leader (imam) of Al Zarghoni Mosque for a month for reformation through religious teachings.

The chief justice asked the SHO of Hayatabad police station to submit the report of the prayer leader before the court after a month.

Police had raided a house on Sept 6 and arrested the four women and a man. Police claimed that they had received complaints that a brothel was operating there.

Police alleged that the arrested man was a client and registered an FIR under Section 371A (selling a person for purpose of prostitution) and 371B (buying a person for purpose of prostitution) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

As the offence is punishable by up to 25 years of imprisonment, the bail applications of the accused were dismissed by a subordinate court.

A panel of lawyers appeared for the accused and contended that police had registered a concocted case against them.

They argued no written complaint against the accused had been shown by the police and their medical examination had also not been conducted.

They said raiding a residence without search warrants from a magistrate in such offences was illegal. They added that the police could not present any witness in support of the charges.

The Additional Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fazlur Rehman, opposed the bail petitions and argued that if the accused were set free they would again indulge in the same practice and the woman who ran the brothel could ruin the lives of other girls.

The bench said it would try to work for her reformation through religious counselling.

The chief justice regretted that so far no survey had been conducted about unemployment among women. He observed that in the past vocational training was imparted to women which helped them earn their livelihood, but now no such arrangement existed, forcing unemployed women to adopt illegal means for earning their livelihood.

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Comments (11)

observer
October 2, 2012 4:29 am
Need I comment on this news item?
ali
October 2, 2012 5:29 am
a wise decision by judge
Faraz
October 2, 2012 4:42 am
Commendable.. I would say.. Picking the root cause. Thumbs up for CJ Peshawar High Court
adnan
October 2, 2012 6:40 am
God bless you imam sb!!!
tak
October 2, 2012 9:34 am
from the frying pan into the fire?????
Sue Sturgess
October 2, 2012 4:20 pm
There is a VERY simple way to eliminate prostitution from Pakistan, indeed from the entire world - all it requires, is for all good men to refuse to participate, and it will rapidly die a natural death. Without paying customers, prostitution will cease to exist. It is entirely up to the men!
sana mangi
October 2, 2012 8:22 am
I appreciate the decision in the instant case but my humble suggestion is that instead of sending women to spiritual mullah for refinement , employment opportunity must be ensured for them.
Farhan
October 2, 2012 7:09 am
Hope the cleric stays focused and doesn't become a client. Nevertheless, good move.
ahsan
October 2, 2012 7:55 am
Unusual intelligent decision.
ABM
October 2, 2012 6:23 am
I beleive this is a good step. Instead of punishing people why not give them a chance while at the same time educating them as well to transform their lives.
Shahid Niaz
October 2, 2012 6:33 am
Well done. This is a landmark decision. we should all applaud it.
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