LAHORE - Police is still struggling to find the main accused of rape case of a minor girl despite detaining several suspects and releasing most of them after questioning, said a police officer seeking anonymity.
Services hospital Medical superintendent while talking to The Nation said that the condition of the minor was better but she is still kept in the ICU. She would remain in the hospital for two more weeks owing to another surgery after two weeks. The MS said that she could not be discharged fearing infection at home. The five-year old girl was kidnapped and raped on Thursday. Police said the girl was found outside a hospital at around 8pm on Friday, a day after she went missing from a low-income neighbourhood in the city.
"We have engaged the whole police of the city to arrest the accused since he is a local and carries a previous criminal record which were not highlighted by media” said a senior police officer of Civil Lines police division.
“Exemplary punishment should be given to him by court,” he said. Rights campaigners and workers from NGOs on Sunday staged protest rallies and demanded the arrest of the culprits, witnesses said.
Monitoring Adds: Media reports said that the police have arrested a scrap dealer namely Shehzad, who was seen in the CCTV footage carrying the minor before she was found unconscious outside the hospital. Shehzad was frequently seen roaming around the victims house and said to be the resident of the same locality, according to the reports.
PAT’s Women Wing protests: The Women Wing of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Lahore on Sunday held demonstration at main Faisal town road to protest against five-year old girl rape incident in Lahore and other girls in Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh. The women condemned these heart-rending incidents in the strongest possible words and described them as a blot on the collective conscience of the society.
Addressing the demonstration, President of Women Wing’s Lahore chapter Mrs. Irshad Iqbal said that these incidents reflect a picture of decaying moral values in society. She said that the government failed to put an end to such atrocious happenings.
She said that it was the responsibility of the government to ban immoral and unethical content on the internet and the concerned ministry should be handed down the task of monitoring internet traffic. She said that blocking of a few pornographic websites would not solve the problem.
She said that the youth was our future and it was incumbent upon the government to take every possible step to save them from possible harm.
Mrs. Razia Naveed, Ayesha Shabbir, Sajida Sadiq and Farida Sajjad also spoke on the occasion.