KARACHI/GUJRANWALA - Three schoolgirls were abducted, assaulted and dumped after being brutally killed in separate incidents in Karachi and Gujranwala cities on Thursday, officials said.
The incidents involving violence against women come in two major provinces of the country – Sindh and Punjab, where more than six such cases have been reported during the past few months.
Body of 13-year-old Neha was found dumped near Sea View beach police checkpoint in Karachi a day after the girl left her school on a short leave upon learning about her mother’s serious condition back home. Investigators said a woman had come to the school to take the teenager to her home in Muhammadi Colony of Azizabad area.
When Neha – daughter of Riasatullah said to be a supporter of Muttahida Qaumi Movement – did not return, her parents sensed something was amiss, so they finally registered a complaint with police under Section 365/B.
Investigators suspected the woman, who took Neha captive, might have any relation with her family. A call for Rs one million ransom had been made to change the angle of the case, added investigators.
Doctors at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre said the girl was sodomised before being strangled. Autopsy report showed she was not tortured, and that her skin had peeled off from one side of the face due to seawater abrasion.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Coordination Committee strongly condemned the gruesome murder. The committee demanded the killer(s) of Riasat’s daughter be arrested and given exemplary punishment. It said the tragic incident had raised questions on the performance of law-enforcement agencies. MQM’s body demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the brutal murder and issue orders for arrest of perpetrators and provision of justice to the bereaved parents.
The committee offered condolences to the bereaved family and urged them to remain calm. It prayed may Allah rest the departed soul in peace. It said abductions of children from schools had frightened parents. The committee also asked school administrations to keep an eye on suspected persons near schools and do not allow kids to go with unknown persons.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah meanwhile took notice of the incident.
Meanwhile Haq Parast member of Sindh Assembly Iftikhar Alam and Khalid Bin Walayat visited the home of the girl and conveyed to the parents condolences from Altaf Hussain. They expressed their deep sorrow over the incident. They assured them of MQM’s support for bringing the criminal(s) to justice. They attended the funeral prayer of the girl. MQM’s workers and member of Karachi Tenzeemi Committee and members of the Federal B Area Sector also attended the funeral prayer in large numbers.
In Gujranwala, bodies of two girls were recovered from a canal. Police said the two girls, who were wearing their school uniform and aged between 14 and 16 years, had been shot dead. Initial reports said the girls were sisters. Locals spotted their bodies and informed police about them. Investigators said the girls were kidnapped, murdered and then dumped at the bank of the water channel in Madan Chak area near Panjgrain village.
According to police, the girls were found dead with marks of bullet wounds on their faces and abdomens. Police suspected the accused might have killed the girls to conceal the evidence of rape. They were however trying to locate the relatives of the victims who could not be identified till the filing of this report. Announcements were also made from mosques using loudspeakers but no one turned up to claim the bodies. Investigation is in an advanced stage.
6-YEAR OLD GIRL ASSAULTED
A man raped a six-year-old girl in a suburb of Gujranwala and fled. According to police, the incident took place in a village neighboring Gujranwala city where the accused molested a minor girl who was taking bath at a tube-well near her house.
The dwellers of area hearing cries and screams of the girl reached the scene after which the culprit escaped. The girl was ferried to district headquarters hospital in serious condition.
Police have registered a case against the accused, stated to be a neighbour of the girl.