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Justice-seeking women go missing

April 15, 2008

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SAHIWAL, April 14: A poor woman and her mother who had approached the local Human Rights of Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday seeking help against a local feudal, have been missing for the last two days.

Seventeen-year-old ‘S’, of 112/9-L, told the HRCP that Mahmood Jotha, their neighbour, had tried to rape her on Thursday. She said Mahmood would pester her to satisfy his evil desires. On Thursday, Mahmood and his servant Shaikh Sher tried to rapeher at a deserted place in the village.

She got many injuries at her arms, neck and back while resisting their attempts. Amir Ali, of the same village, rescued the girl. She said when they contacted Dera Rahim police station, police did not register any case against Mahmood.

On Friday, ‘S’ along with her mother approached the HRCP. On the intervention of the HRCP, the Sahiwal district police officer ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter.

Allah Ditta, Dera Rahim station house officer, however, said that he had visited the village to record the statements of the woman on Saturday.

He said the accused told police the issue had been settled at a local council or Panchayat. The two uncles of the girl also informed the police the issue had been resolved.

"If the girl’s family is not satisfied, we are ready to launch an FIR,” the SHO said.

Interestingly, the day the SHO visited the village, the same day both the woman and her mother went missing.

HEAVY DOSE: Three people allegedly kidnapped a woman and forced her drink juice spiked with intoxicates.

Nahid Bibi said three car riders approached her when she was going to a medical store. The car riders introduced them as Zakat Department officials and offered her free medicines from the Zakat office. They also offered her a free ride in their car to the office. She sat with them in the car.

They took her to some building and informed her that the office in charge was on leave, so free medicines could not be arranged. Later, they gave her juice spiked with intoxicate, which made her unconscious. When she gained consciousness, she found herself in Multan. She called out for help, at this the car riders threw her out of the car and fled.

ROBBERY: Two robbers snatched Rs599,000 from a man at gunpoint. Haji Nazir Hussain, an employ of

a private company, was

going to bank to deposit the money.

Two robbers on a motorcycle intercepted him and fled with his money. Fateh Sher police registered a case against unidentified people.