8 gang members are being hunted
The police in Ghotki have arrested two men on charges of being part of a gang of rapists that preyed on two young college students and filmed them. More victims are feared.
The gang has at least eight more members, said DSP Yar Muhammad Rind at a press conference in Ubauro town on Wednesday. This has been going on for six months or so. Two of the victims are brothers and aged 19 and 20.
“The victims told their paternal grandfather, who gave the police information.”
At least 105 videos of sexual abuse of other victims have been found on their mobile phones. “They use to subject the youths to gang-rape after fleecing them through friendship and blackmailing,” Rind said. One suspect is called Bilawal and the other is Ali Raza. They are unmarried. The names of the remaining eight suspects were not revealed to the media as the investigation is underway. The men were produced at the press conference standing together and covered with a black cloth.
The police are certain the numbers of victims will be higher.
This case was assigned to CIA DSP Muneer Ahmed Phulpoto, who conducted the inquiry a couple of days back and tracked down the men.
Police have booked the men in an FIR. The case has been registered under section 377 (unnatural offences), section 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), section 367-A (kidnapping for purpose of subjecting victim to natural lust) and section 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
This story has been updated to correct details about the two victims.
Reporting by Imran Asif Niazi