Two alleged robbers gang-raped a woman during a robbery within the limits of Basirpur police station on Friday.
Armed robbers tied the woman’s brother with ropes before raping her. The accomplices of the accused kept on guard.
The robbers fled the house after looting gold jewellery worth millions of rupees, some precious items and motorcycles.
The DPO suspended the SHO while the victim was shifted to the hospital for treatment.
Police said four armed robbers entered the house of a resident of Basirpur town of Okara, tied his son with ropes in the house and two of the robbers gang-raped the victim while two armed accomplices of the accused guarded the door of the house.
DPO Faisal Gulzar reached the spot and issued an order of suspending Rana Kashif, SHO of Basirpur police station, and formed teams under the leadership of the DSP of Depalpur, Shabbir Warraich. The team was tasked with immediate arrest of the robbers.
The police registered a case against four unidentified robbers under the provisions of robbery and rape.
The father of the victim has demanded of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar to take notice of the incident and provide justice.
Police teams are conducting investigations to find the culprits. However, no arrests have been made so far. The DPO said that the police would soon arrest the accused and punish them. Meanwhile, in another incident, a differently-abled teenage girl was gang-raped by three accused.
The 13-year-old was taken to the fields in 31 2L area of the Saddar Okara police station where she was violated.
A case has been registered in Saddar Okara police station.
According to the SHO of Saddar Police Station, the father of the victim is also a differently-abled person.
One of the suspects, Haris, has been arrested.
According to the SHO, the accused are relatives. Raids are being carried out to arrest the remaining accused.
In July a woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Khurrianwala when two men took her to a house under the pretext of giving her rations.
A stand was taken in the case filed by the victim, a resident of 203 RB Mananwala, stating that she worked in people’s homes to raise her children.
The suspect Aziz was one of her acquaintances.
Meanwhile, when the victim told him that her domestic situation was bad, he gave her some rations.
“The suspect Aziz called and said that your ration application has been approved and asked me to come near Aziz Fatima Hospital.
Aziz was already there on a motorcycle when I reached the hospital,” she said. “However, he took me to a house in Mohalla Ahmedabad where his accomplice Khalid was already present.
“As soon as I entered the house, the suspect Khalid put a pistol to my head and said that he would kill me if I made any noise. The suspects then took me to the room and took turns sexually assaulting me,” the victim added. Sargodha Road Police registered a case under Section 376 (Punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code and started raids to arrest both suspects.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2021.