17-year-old girl A (her name is not being disclosed to protect her identity), the daughter of a labourer Manzoor Ahmed, resident of block C, Millat Town, Faisalabad, Punjab Province, was arrested on March 14, 2008, from her home by Ghulam Rasool, by Sub Inspector (SI) of Police Station Nishatabad on the suspicion of the murder of her fiancée. Her fiancée was killed by the deceased’s rivals. The SI took A to a private room situated near the Police Station and held her there for 16 days, from 14-03-2008 to 29-03-2008. He thereafter he produced her before the first class magistrate for judicial remand.During that period she was kept naked at all times and the SI along with constables Iqbal 4934/c, Ameer Watto1755/c and Shehbaz 4994/c physically teased and tortured her to force her to confess to the murder. After the physical torture a lady constable, Nargis would massage her to remove the marks of torture, particularly the bite marks on her body. During this period Shujat Ali Malhi, a Sub Inspector of Investigation of the Nishatabad Police Station raped her twice. This SI threatened her that if she did not confess to the murder she will be raped by all the staff of the police station. On the direction of SI Investigations, SI Ghulam Rasool arrested the victim’s elder sister of from their house and both the sisters were made to sit in front of each other naked for three days while Ghulam Rasool, Iqbal, Ameer Watto and Shehbaz constables teased them, touched their private body parts and tortured them brutally. The name of the victim was never mentioned in the first information report (FIR) and after one week of her illegal detention a supplementary statement was taken by the investigation officer from the father of deceased implicating victim ‘A’ in the murder.

The father of the sisters came to the police station to find out about his daughters and was also kept in custody for some hours and pressured to pay Rps 35,000/= (US$ 500.) for the release of his elder daughter failing which the whole family would be arrested. The family was also threatened not to disclose the mistreatment of the girls. The victim A was booked in the murder of her fiancee under sections 302/34 PPC in FIR 246/2008 and sent to district prison in judicial custody. The victim, according to law, was once allowed to meet her parents but her meeting with parents once in a fortnight was banned in the jail where she is in judicial remand.

The distict police of Faisalabad, Punjab, are avoiding to register the case of rape, illegal detention, illegal arrest, torture, abusing the girls in police lockup and keeping girls naked on the complaint of their father. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed, the father, contacted higher police officials to register a case against perpetrators but after not getting any positive response filed an application on July 01, 2008, in the court of Mr. Nadeem Gulzar, the additional session judge, who ordered the police station of Nishatabad to register the case of rape in custody, illegal detention, torture and keeping naked in lockup. However, the district police refused to follow the orders of the session judge. On July 18, the police station filed the case against SI Investigations, Shujat Malhi, under section 376 of criminal procedural code (rape) but not on the other charges which were ordered by the session judge. Until now no one has been arrested and all the perpetrators continue in their duties as usual.

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On March 14, 2008, one Mr. Faisal son of Sakhawat attacked the house of Mr. Imran, son of Khalid Iqbal. During the exchange of fire Imran was shot and died on the spot. The deceased was the fiancee of victim and on the pursuance of the father the victim was arrested and suffered humiliation, abuse and rape to confess the murder of her own fiancee. The SI Iinvestigations, Mr. Shujat Malhi is notorious in implicating people on criminal charges if the arrested person does not pay a bribe to him. In a recent case, a 21-year-old women, (B), of Jaranwala district,  was raped by two persons, Mr. Zafar and Mr. Mazhar, who were arrested, but the investigation officer first asked for a bribe from victim and after this was refused bribes were received from the perpetrators who were released them as innocent. This case was also reported in local newspapers.SUGGESTED ACTION:

 


Please write letters to the authorities, mentioned in the sample letter, urging them to take action against the police officials of Faisalabad. Please also ask the government to provide protection to poor girls and pay compensation to the victims.The AHRC has written a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteurs on Violence Against Women and  Question of Torture and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding this matter.

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear —————,

PAKISTAN: A girl was raped in private custody by police officer and her sister was kept nude in lock up
 
Name of the victims: 
1. Miss A (name withheld), age 17 years,
2. Miss B (name withheld) age 19 years,
Both are daughters of Mr. Manzoor Ahmed, resident of Block C, Millat Town,
Faisalabad, Punjab province, Pakistan
Name of perpetrators:
1. Shujat Ali Malhi, sub inspector,
In charge Investigation, police station, Nishatabad,
Faisalabad district, Punjab Province, Pakistan
2. Ghulam Rasool, Sub Inspector Police
 Nishatabad, police station,
Faisalabad district, Punjab Province, Pakistan
3. Iqbal 4934/c,
4. Ameer Watto1755/c
5-Shehbaz 4994/c 
All are police constable attached to the Nishatabad police station, Faisalabad, Punjab province, Pakistan
Date of incident: 14 to 29 March 2008
Place of incident: Nishatabad police station, Faisalabad, Punjab province, Pakistan

I am appalled to learn of the illegal arrest, detention and rape of a 17-year-old girl A (her name is not being disclosed to protect her identity), the daughter of a labourer Manzoor Ahmed, resident of block C, Millat Town, Faisalabad, Punjab Province, was arrested on March 14, 2008, from her home by Ghulam Rasool, by Sub Inspector (SI) of Police Station Nishatabad on the suspicion of the murder of her fiancée. Her fiancé was killed by the deceased’s rivals.

According to the information, the SI took A to a private room situated near to the police station and held her there for 16 days, from 14-03-2008 to 29-03-2008. He thereafter he produced her before the first class magistrate for judicial remand. During that period she was kept naked at all times and the SI along with constables Iqbal 4934/c, Ameer Watto1755/c and Shehbaz 4994/c physically teased and tortured her to force her to confess to the murder. After the physical torture a lady constable, Nargis would massage her to remove the marks of torture, particularly the bite marks on her body. During this period Shujat Ali Malhi, a Sub Inspector of Investigation of the Nishatabad Police Station raped her twice. This SI threatened her that if she did not confess to the murder she will be raped by all the staff of the police station. On the direction of SI Investigations, SI Ghulam Rasool arrested the victim’s elder sister of from their house and both the sisters were made to sit in front of each other naked for three days while Ghulam Rasool, Iqbal, Ameer Watto and Shehbaz constables teased them, touched their private body parts and tortured them brutally. The name of the victim was never mentioned in the first information report (FIR) and after one week of her illegal detention a supplementary statement was taken by the investigation officer from the father of deceased implicating victim A in the murder.The father of the sisters came to the police station to find out about his daughters and was also kept in custody for some hours and pressured to pay Rps 35,000/= (US$ 500.) for the release of his elder daughter failing which the whole family would be arrested. The family was also threatened not to disclose the mistreatment of the girls. The victim A was booked in the murder of her fiancee under sections 302/34 PPC in FIR 246/2008 and sent to district prison in judicial custody. The victim, according to law, was once allowed to meet her parents but her meeting with parents once in a fortnight was banned in the jail where she is in judicial remand.

The distict police of Faisalabad, Punjab, are avoiding to register the case of rape, illegal detention, illegal arrest, torture, abusing the girls in police lockup and keeping girls naked on the complaint of their father. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed, the father, contacted higher police officials to register a case against perpetrators but after not getting any positive response filed an application on July 01, 2008, in the court of Mr. Nadeem Gulzar, the additional session judge, who ordered the police station of Nishatabad to register the case of rape in custody, illegal detention, torture and keeping naked in lockup. However, the district police refused to follow the orders of the session judge. On July 18, the police station filed the case against SI Investigations, Shujat Malhi, under section 376 of criminal procedural code (rape) but not on the other charges which were ordered by the session judge. Until now no one has been arrested and all the perpetrators continue in their duties as usual.

I, therefore, urge you to launch a thorough investigation immediately regarding the alleged rape in custody and illegal arrest and detention of the two girls. The alleged perpetrators must be brought before the law and punished, if they are found guilty in the investigation. Adequate protection during the investigation of the case must be provided to the victims and their family. The authorities must provide necessary medical treatment for the injuries the victims have suffered. They must be provided adequate financial compensation for the brutality they have sustained.

 

 

I trust that you will take prompt action regarding this matter.

Yours sincerely,

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. General Pervez Musharraf
President
President’s Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
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E-mail: (please see:
http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/WTPresidentMessage.aspx)

2. Mr. Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani
Prime minister
Prime Minister House, Islamabad,
PAKISTAN
Fax: 92-51-9221596
Tel: +92-51-9206111
E-mail:
webmaster@infopak.gov.pk or infominister@pak.gov.pk 

3. Mr. Farooq Naik
Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
S Block Pakistan Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
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E-mail:
minister@molaw.gov.pk 

4. Mr. Rehman Malik
Advisor for Ministry of Interior
Room No. 404, 4th Floor, R Block,
Pak Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
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Tel: +92 51 9212026
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5. Mr. Salman Taseer
Governor of Punjab
Governor House
Mall Road, Lahore
PAKISTAN
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E-mail:
governor.sectt@punjab.gov.pk

6. Mr. Mian Shahbaz Sharif
Chief Minister of Punjab
H-180 Model Town, Lahore
PAKISTAN
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7. Minister of Law
Government of Punjab
Punjab Secretariat
Ravi Road
Lahore
PAKISTAN
Email:
law@punjab.gov.pk
 
8. The Chief Secretary of Government of Punjab
Punjab Secretariat
Lahore
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 42 7324489
Email:
chiefsecy@punjab.gov.pk
 
9. The Home secretary
Punjab Secretariat
Lahore
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 42 9211732
Email:
home@punjab.gov.pk
 
10. Mr. Shakat Javed
Inspector-General of Police/
Provincial Police Officer of
Punjab province, Lahore
PAKISTAN
E-mail:
info@punjabpolice.gov.pk