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Maid sexually assaulted, strangled in Lahore's Model Town: police

Updated May 19, 2017 08:10am


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LAHORE: The maid, who had been found dead at her employer’s house in Model Town last week, was sexually assaulted, police said on Thursday.

Munaza, 25, of Vehari district, was hired by Asad Abbas of Model Town two months ago through a company.

Read: Pakistan's domestic workers caught in a dangerous cycle of violence

The woman was found unconscious at her employer’s house under mysterious circumstances on May 14. She was shifted to Jinnah Hospital by her employer and his brother, Adil Abbas, where she was declared dead.

The police shifted the body to morgue and registered a case under murder charges against Asad and Adil on the complaint of victim’s father Allah Wasaya.

Later, the police took the suspects into custody. Both denied the charges and said they had only shifted the woman to hospital after finding her unconscious in her room.

Earlier, the investigator said the police did not find any marks of torture and suspected that the woman might have been poisoned or she consumed poison to commit suicide.

The police also recovered powder from the house and sent its samples to Punjab Forensic Science Agency and waiting for its report. However, the autopsy revealed the woman was suffocated to death.

Investigation SSP Mubashir Maiken said the initial reports suggested the woman was sexually assaulted and later she was strangled. He said they were also looking for the driver who might be involved in the case and would arrest him soon.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2017


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aleem May 19, 2017 09:39am

So sad to hear about such cases. The young lady had all her life in front of her and came to do honest work. What is going wrong with our society? Why do we not value a human life. Prompt and exemplary justice, rule of law and exemplary punishments at the right time are needed to deter people.

Mohoshin May 19, 2017 09:42am

Sad.However it proves how similar the people of this sub continent are!

anwarsher May 19, 2017 09:54am

God bless her soul. Hope the culprits get exemplary punishment.

Sameer May 19, 2017 10:03am

Things like this make you want to take law in to your hands! This is exactly what Bajwa warned about; the state is failing us in to retaliation. Please fix yourself Government of Pakistan.

imdadali May 19, 2017 10:33am

Domestic workers are facing same hard ships and poor fate being faced and are facing the domestic workers in indian, in india there is animal treatment being meted out with domestic workers even sexually assaulted but in our country some time ago, there was better treatment with domestic workers and they were felling them safe and free from such events but sudden it trend has been seemed changed. Reason behind it is poor law writ. In Europe there is no room for such type of events in society because the implementation of law is on their top priority and the state sees the all citizen with equal eye as like parent. there is dearth in indo-pak. As thinking of both the countries men seems identical because many settlers of indian is residing in urban belt of sindh as well southern punjab, faisalabad, lahore etc Law is available for such incidents but comes under action seldom. strict action to be initiated against involved hands who proved him violator, besides no headway.

Arshad abdullah May 19, 2017 10:39am

What a shame for all of us.. Can we change our society and make it more civilized ?

Brar May 19, 2017 12:06pm

And in the end the police will book the driver because the poor man can not grease the palm of the police but the employers can easily pay ?

NARADA MUNI May 19, 2017 01:17pm

@Arshad abdullah : Good thought. How about educating the people first.. it will solve most problems..

Hassan (Karachi) May 19, 2017 01:28pm

Take DNA Tests of the victim, it must be verified who raped her. The driver must not become just a "fall guy". If he is guilty than only he is guilty.

Asma May 19, 2017 01:32pm

Capital punishment... Not any less... Menkind have turned into beasts.. Shame on such brutal lusty ppl. poor has no life left in underdevelped countries...

Azmeen May 19, 2017 02:01pm

Very tragic incident.

AK May 19, 2017 02:16pm

There should be laws to protect the Domestic Workers. There should be min wage and some regulation. Doemstic workers are not slavea, they are employees. The culprits should be hanged.

Blue Knight May 19, 2017 02:49pm

RIP poor soul.. hope she gets justice..

a May 19, 2017 03:55pm

X law or Y, this ain't going to change. The rich need helpers, the poor need money. Sorry, no amount of shouting can change the plight of the weakest sections of our society.

Nasiroski May 19, 2017 03:59pm

May her soul rest in peace, no chance of getting justice, in this country.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN May 19, 2017 04:14pm

Rule of law is there but no implementation is enforced, all because of lack of good leaders and massive corruption by them. Nothing will change in Pakistan unless we get good leaders from a massive pool of 200 million Pakistan, I'm sure we are bound to find more than a few thousand super smart genius who will take Pakistan to the height of success like the great Indus Valley we belong to.

Karwan May 19, 2017 04:25pm

what sort of mind exist in our society...shameful

M. Siddique May 19, 2017 04:38pm

If her employers are politically connected then forget it, victim's family will never get justice.

Month May 19, 2017 05:03pm

The company who provided the maid to work in that house is partly responsible of this crime. It is companies responsibility to ensure how civilized people are where the maid is going to work. Unfortunately that company has not investigated the history of that family and the driver. The government should look for solutions so that such kind of crime not happen again.

Raj patel May 19, 2017 05:30pm

Driver will be prosecuted and not the owner in this case. I know this is going to happened in Pakistani elite society and they claim that they are civilized people.

Raj patel May 19, 2017 05:33pm

@NARADA MUNI Sorry I have to puncture your belief. Most of this kind of crime done by so called highly educated people. Just check the statistics.

Moth May 19, 2017 05:36pm

@Raj patel our elite do not claim that they are civilized because they do not know the meanings of being civilized. They only claim that they are elite and they can do what ever they want or wish to do.

Hafeez May 19, 2017 07:54pm

It is not the duty of police to spread the evidence fake or real. It has to be examined by the court to bring the evidences at 1 place and decide....but un fortunately our whole system is corrupted...even then police should be bard from any announcement.

Muhammed Ali UK May 19, 2017 07:59pm

Nothing will happen to culprits, mark my words they will bring great pressure on father who will be forced to settle the matter..

Khanm May 19, 2017 08:13pm

Humanity is at it's brink...high claims of the protection human values is merely reduced to words and exists on paper..In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens and the irony is they succeeded ..

Saqib ghumman May 20, 2017 12:15am

Terrible for a women who left her house to support herslef/family. RIP.Tbis sbould be investigated further and all involved should be punished..