She has filed a case against him
A man has been accused of raping a woman for six years at his house in Sujawal.
The woman filed a case against him at the Sujawal police station on Thursday. Sections 376 (punishment for rape), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and, 509 (sexual harassment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
According to her, the suspect, who is quite influential, came to her house and threatened to kill her with a Kalashnikov. She claimed that she has a daughter with him too. The police can get the DNA test done to see who is speaking the truth, the woman said.
The woman ran a business of giving loans on interest with the suspect for the last 15 years. She said that she doesn’t engage in such activities anymore and she was being used as a pawn by the suspect, who works as a bank manager. “He used to give me money,” she said, adding that she has no money for her own.
According to the FIR, she said that she was having illicit relations with the suspect and was living in the house owned by him.
The police said that the suspect is on the run and they are conducting raids for his arrest.
The women even held a press conference recently and made similar accusations against the man. She said that she wants justice for her daughter.
They, the suspects and his friends, have filed a fake case against me. “I want police protection as he has threatened to kill me too,” she remarked.
Documents reveal that she married a man named Aslam Khadu in 2019. When the reporters asked her about it, she didn’t give an answer.
Rape is a punishable offence in Pakistan. The definition and punishment for this crime is detailed under Sections 375 and 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
According to the law, a man is said to commit rape when he has sexual intercourse with a woman under circumstances falling under any of the five following descriptions:
The convicted rapists will be sentenced to jail for no less than 10 years or more than 25 years, according to the law. A fine will also be imposed on them.
One of the biggest changes in Pakistan’s rape laws was that that rape (zina bil jabr) was finally separated from zina (adultery) and was made an offence under the Pakistan Penal Code instead of the Hudood Ordinance. This change came about in 2006 as a result of the Protection of Women (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2006. You will find rape in Section 375 of the Pakistan Penal Code now.
Ten years later, the law was changed again, in 2016, to the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Offense of Rape) Act 2016. Since the law was changed, not a single woman has been charged with zina and sent to languish in jail and several rape cases were reported and went to court, according to Farieha Aziz of Bolobhi, writing in Newsline magazine eight years ago.
If a public servant doesn’t do their job in a rape case, they can go to jail. Under Section 166(2) of the PPC, if any government servant doesn’t properly investigate a rape case or doesn’t diligently follow it, or doesn’t take the prosecution through to its logical conclusion, they can be sentenced to three years maximum and/or be fined.
The law applies to a police officer, a jailor or a medical examiner. They are not allowed to intentionally create hurdles, mislead, jeopardise or defeat an investigation.
If a public official rapes then there is culpability for that too.