The post-mortem of the six-year-old found dead in the bushes Monday night confirmed rape and torture.
The body of the minor was recovered last night near the Northern Bypass. The area falls in the jurisdiction of the Manghopir police. The child lived in Orangi Town’s Baloch Goth. She went missing on April 15.
The police had confirmed that the child’s body bore marks or torture. The post-mortem at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital confirmed that she was raped and tortured. According to MLO Dr Rubina, there were marks of cigarette burns as well.
Further investigations are underway as samples taken from the body have been sent for chemical examination.
The child’s family said the police did not call them for recognition after their child's body was found. This was despite the fact that they had filed a complaint when the child went missing.
“My child’s hands and feet were broken,” said the mother. “We are poor people. We just want justice.”
On the other hand, residents of Orangi Town staged an early morning demonstration against the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl near Kati Pahari. They set up a camp in the middle of the road, blocking the flow of traffic on Manghopir Road.
The police tried to quell the protest. Upon failure, they fired tear gas shells, opened aerial firing and baton-charged the protesters. A contingent of Rangers was also called in. Initial reports suggested that three people were hit by bullets in the aerial firing. On the other hand, protesters pelted stones at the police.
“The police opened fire on protesters,” said PTI leader Imran Ismail. “They should not turn Karachi into another Gaza. We will show them now how a protest is done. The police say their men have been injured but we don't know if that's true.”
According to Ismail, the party will register a case against the killing of their 21-year-old worker, Qayyum, who was shot during the police’s firing. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Another man was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, where he passed away. He has been identified as Rehman, said Dr Seemi Jamali, the executive director of the hospital.
“It’s the people’s right to protest,” said PTI MNA Dr Arif Alvi. “Instead of taking action against the culprits, the police opened fire on those demanding justice. The blood of our worker is on the hands of the police.”
The police in Karachi often resorts to tear gas firing and baton charge during protests, which are followed by arrests. Tuesday was no different as the police began taking Orangi residents into custody. According to SP Atif Baloch, 15 people had so far been arrested and taken to different police stations. Search operations for more suspects who threw stones at the police are underway.
West SSP Omar Shahid Hamid said the police have arrested two men named in the FIR of the child’s murder. He said some political parties have tried to take advantage of the incident for political point-scoring. “Facts can be ascertained after the DNA test report,” he said.
Sindh Home Minister Siyal directs AIG to conduct investigation
Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal ordered the Additional Inspector-General to conduct an investigation about the rape-and-murder of the six-year-old.
"One person died and 15 police officers were injured in protests," he said. "We're investigating as to who organised the protest."
Siyal said that a case had been registered for the rape-and-murder.
Story first published: 17th April 2018