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Rape victim’s ordeal

April 14, 2013

THIS is apropos of the report ‘Three acquitted in Mazar rape case’ for want of evidence (April 7). My head hangs in shame. The sessions court in Karachi has acquitted the three men accused of raping a resident woman of Lodhran who came to visit the Mazar-i-Quaid in March 2008.

The learned judge disregarded the DNA report as it was deemed unacceptable under Hudood Laws and Maulana Abu Aala Maududi’s interpretation was made the basis of acquittal.

The fact that it took the learned court five years to arrive at the conclusion is very disturbing. The victim survivor from Lodhran must have faced a lot of difficulties while pursuing the case bravely. Alas, the verdict did not turn out to be in her favour.

How many among us would care to come forward as witnesses for five years? Can the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court not see any discrepancy in delivery of justice in such cases?

DR M. AUQIL Lahore