ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment for a rape allegedly committed by her brother, here on Thursday.
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The chief justice sought an immediate report of the horrendous incident from Inspector General Police Punjab, Arif Nawaz.
The notice taken by top judge exercising his special powers relates to an incident that took place in Multan when a panchayat was assembled in after a man named Umar Wawda raped a 12-year-old girl on July 16.
Two days later, on July 18, on the panchayat’s orders, the family of the rape victim arrived at the residence of Wawda, where the 16-year-old sister of the accused was raped by Ashfaq (brother of the girl raped earlier).
The local council then gave the absurd verdict that Ashfaq’s sister, 12, should be handed over to the brother of victim girl and be raped in revenge. After which, the victim’s brother raped the teenage girl, Muzaffarabad Station House Officer Malik Arshad told Daily Pakistan.
Following the shocking incident, the police registered a case and arrested 10 members of the panchayat, including its leader. However, a search is currently under way for the remaining men including the main accused who is on the run, the SHO added.
CM Punjab Takes Notice
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Multan capital city police officer (CCPO).
The chief minister directed that justice should be provided to the affected family.