The Pakistani High Court in Lahore has rejected the bail request for a suspect accused of raping a 15 year old Christian girl in January. The court also condemned the police in Lahore for their investigation of the case for failing to pursue all suspects in the case and for applying negative pressure to the girl’s family. Sardar Mushtaq Gill the lawyer handling the case is hopeful the suspects will be punished.
5/31/2013 Pakistan (BosNewsLife) – A Pakistani court on Friday condemned police for the way they investigated the rape of a Christian girl and rejected the main Muslim suspect’s request to be released on bail, a leading attorney told BosNewsLife.
The Lahore High Court also “scolded the chief police investigator for not mentioning the second suspect. He was not prosecuted, perhaps because of corruption or pressure from local powers,” said attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill.
Another court also questioned police pressure on the family of 15-year-old Fouzia Bibi, who was raped January 25 by two armed Muslim men, Gill said. The Judicial Magistrate Feroz Wala Court in Sheikhupura District therefore ordered the release of her father’s cousin Alam Ashiq, a Christian, who was “arrested on [false] charges filed against [other] unknown persons six months ago,” Gill added.
“Police told the girl’s father that Ashiq would be released if he compromised with the rapists and made sure they wouldn’t be prosecuted,” the attorney explained.
Gill, director of advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), said he was hopeful that the suspects would be punished.