Pakistan

LAHORE – A case has been filed by a student at the University of Lahore against a fellow student of raping her and then forcing her to abort the resulting pregnancy.

The victim stated in the FIR that she was a student at the English department and became friends with an engineering student named Ishtiaq at the same university. The two met for the first time on December 10, 2015, Tribune reported.

Ten days later, the suspect took her to his friend named Dr Riazat Hussain at Ali Hospital in Thokar Niaz Baig, where she was introduced to another man called Shabbir, the woman added.

The three men then gang-raped her while she was unconscious after she was given a glass of juice laced with intoxicants.

The rape survivor said that she became pregnant, which was later confirmed by an ultrasound at the Shaukat Khanam hospital on February 26, 2016.

Ishtiaq promised to marry her after learning about the pregnancy. On March 3, the couple went to Ittefaq Hospital, where they found out she was pregnant with twins. But a few days later, the suspect took the help of Dr Riazat and aborted her pregnancy of 16 weeks on March 12, she said.

The FIR was registered at Lahore’s Chung police station under Section 376 of Pakistan Penal Code. The section stipulates punishment of no less than 10 years for rape.

The prime suspect has been granted pre-arrest bail for a day.

The court has granted him bail till September 22 and fixed the date for arguments.