MUZAFFARGARH- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced Rs0.5 million for the family of the rape victim who set herself on fire in Muzaffargarh,media reported today.
The girl had set herself on fire on March 13,2014 in front of the Mir Hazar Khan police station after hearing that the suspects who had allegedly raped her were granted bail. With 70% of her body burnt, the girl succumbed to her injuries on March 14,2014 in the hospital.
Shahbaz had taken notice of the incident earlier and had directed the authorities concerned to submit a report.
Today, the Punjab chief minister visited the family of the victim in Muzaffargarh and assured them that those responsible for the tragedy will be held accountable. He also said that he will do everything he can to give her justice.
While speaking to the media, Shahbaz said that the investigating officer Rana Zulfiqar had done great injustice, further stating that the incident was "a slap and a stain on humanity."
Shahbaz also ordered IG Punjab Khan Baig to arrest the suspects as soon as possible.
He suspended District Police Officer (DPO) Muzaffargarh Usman Akram Gondal and reprimanded Regional Police Officer (RPO) Abdul Qadir Qayyum.
The Punjab Chief Minister also ordered that the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Chaudhry Asghar, the investigating officer and the SHO be arrested.
The father of the deceased, while speaking to Shahbaz, claimed that the investigating officer took Rs70,000 as a bribe and then declared the suspected rapists innocent and released them on bail.
The mother of the victim also threatened to set herself on fire if justice did not prevail.