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Family protests 10-year-old girl's abduction, murder and alleged rape in Islamabad; 2 arrested

Updated May 21, 2019

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The victim's family is staging a protest at Taramari Chowk in Islamabad, calling for action to be taken against the culprits. —  Photo courtesy Basit Sherani via Twitter
The victim's family is staging a protest at Taramari Chowk in Islamabad, calling for action to be taken against the culprits. — Photo courtesy Basit Sherani via Twitter

Two people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the abduction, murder and alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl, Farishta, in Islamabad's Shahzad Town area, police sources told DawnNewsTV.

The victim's family is staging a protest at Taramari Chowk in Islamabad, calling for action to be taken against the culprits. Negotiations between the family and district administration are underway. The protesters said they will bury the victim after negotiations are successful.

According to an FIR filed by the victim's father, Gul Nabi, his daughter had gone out to play on May 15 around 5pm, but did not return. Upon failing to find her, he feared that she had been abducted.

He stated that he had gone to the police station "instantly" and reported the incident. A missing person's report was filed on May 16, the FIR stated.

The victim's father requested in the FIR — dated May 19 — that his daughter be recovered and those involved in the incident be punished. The body was of 10-year-old Farishta was found on May 20, according to DawnNewsTV.

Gul Nabi said that there were torture marks and wounds on his daughter's body. He alleged that his daughter ─ who had been missing for at least four days before her body was found in a wooded area ─ had been raped before she was killed.

The suspects, Nabi alleged, had also thrown acid on his daughter.

Nabi also alleged that the Shehzad Town police, instead of taking action or filing an FIR, had victim-blamed the 10-year-old girl and posed insensitive questions to the family, such as asking whether she had eloped with someone.

MNA Mohsin Dawar, who has been highlighting the case on social media, also alleged that the victim's parents had "continuously requested concerned police station for FIR but they refused".

He confirmed that an FIR had been registered under sections pertaining to kidnapping (365-B, PPC) on Sunday night (May 19), after the girl's body was recovered.

Dawar, in a tweet on Monday, alleged that Polyclinic Hospital had refused to conduct a postmortem examination on the body.

However, on Tuesday, hospital sources told DawnNewsTV that the exam had been conducted and the results are awaited.

'#JusticeForFarishta'

'#JusticeForFarishta' was a trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday morning as activists and citizens brought attention to the incident on social media.

Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Shah took notice of the incident and ordered strict action against the culprits. The minister also asked the Islamabad police chief for a detailed report on the matter.

The Islamabad Inspector General of Police formed two teams today to investigate the incident. One of the teams will be headed by the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) investigations, and the other will be led by superintendent police (rural).

The Station House Officer Shehzad Town Sub Inspector Muhammad Abbas Rana was suspended from duty in a notification issued by the office of the SSP Islamabad on Tuesday. The DIG Operations said he had suspended the SHO in order to ensure that a transparent inquiry is conducted into the case.