SUKKUR: A special medical team from the Chandka Medical College Hospital, along with the Jacobabad DSP and a strong contingent of police, exhumed the body of 10-year-old Haseena Khoso in the graveyard of Darya Khan village in the presence of a judicial magistrate to collect the girl’s samples for DNA test.

The victim’s body was found floating in the irrigation channel near the village on Sept 6. Her father, Sunho Khan Khoso, had lodged a report at the Saddar police station of Jacobabad. The postmortem of the girl suggested that she was also criminally assaulted.

Eventually, her father lodged an FIR against unknown culprits and a joint investigation team comprising DSPs Iqbal Shaikh, Saltan and Muneer Phulpoto was formed to supervise the probe assigned to investigating officer (IO) Ghazanfar Ali Bhutto.

On Saturday evening, the Second Judicial Magistrate of Jacobabad, Nisar Ahmed Shar, arrived in the village to oversee exhumation of the victim’s body in the presence of her father.

Members of the special medical team including Dr Muhammad Yousif Dhepar, police surgeon Dr Abdul Qayoom, Dr Muhammad Rafique Jamali, Dr Muhammad Wasif and Dr Ghazala, collected samples for the DNA test.

It is pertinent to mention here that the JIT was formed on Sept 26, 20 days after the alleged rape and murder, following a series of protests held by nationalist and religious parties supported by civil society activists for a fair investigation into the girls alleged rape and murder.

Published in Dawn, October 23th, 2023

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