TOBA TEK SINGH: Faisalabad Additional District and Sessions Judge Haider Ali Arif fixed Aug 20 for the hearing of the post-arrest bail plea of a female suspect in an FIR registered on Tuesday by the Faisalabad women police station against her, her husband and her daughter and 12 others for kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a BDS student over her alleged refusal to marry the main suspect.

In her bail application, the suspect said that in the FIR she was declared a maid whereas she is the wife of the main suspect. She is on judicial remand.

Also, the FIA has included the daughter of the main suspect in the provisional national identification list for the interim 30 days stop list of fugitives.

The police wrote to the FIA the daughter was wanted in the FIR registered by Faisalabad women police station, so she may be placed on the PNIL to stop her from fleeing abroad.

When the main suspect was produced before a judicial magistrate on Thursday, some unruly lawyers beat him and chanted slogans against him. A police contingent posted outside the court rescued him. A lawyer repeatedly slapped his face with shoes.

Duty Judicial Magistrate Ali Raza granted the police five-day physical remand of the suspect.

After the hearing, the policemen dragged the suspect to the police van to save him from lawyers. Scores of lawyers tried to beat him when he was in the police van.

Also, the Faisalabad FIA cyber crime wing registered a case against the main suspect, his wife and daughter for making torture videos and making them viral on social media.

The video shows the suspect beating her, cutting her hair and eyebrow and forcing her to lick her shoes.

The FIR was registered on the complaint of the complainant girl under section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code and sections 3, 4, 16, 20, 21 and 24 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of 2016.

A medico-legal report issued by the DHQ doctors confirmed torture on the girl and her swabs have been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for examination regarding sex assault on her.

Published in Dawn, August 19th, 2022

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