In another case of brutality, 10 years old girl, ‘Farishta’ was abducted, raped and then murdered in Islamabad. Police’s inaction on the rape and murder of a minor girl has shocked the nation as many renowned political figures have not only visited the victim’s home but expressed sorrow and promised every possible help to bring the perpetrators to justice.
As the haunting details of the gruesome incident unfolded, it tells the story of a girl who was sexually abused before she was murdered and her body was left to decompose in the bushes in the jurisdiction of Chak Shahzad police station.
Farishta went missing on 15 May after she went out to play in the eastern Islamabad neighbourhood where her family lives. She did not return as expected when the evening call for prayer began at the local mosque – signalling the breaking of the daily fast. At that time, families gather for a meal known as Iftar – and Farishta’s absence triggered a panic. After scouring the neighbourhood and checking with friends, her family went to the police to file a missing person report.
A four-day-old body recovered on Monday evening (May 20) was identified by her father. The results of a post-mortem examination conducted on Tuesday are awaited, and samples have also been taken for a DNA test to confirm the victim’s identity.
It is pertinent to mention that the police came into action only after the family held a protest at Tarmri Chow with the body of the girl. They held the police responsible for the rape and murder of the girl due to their negligence. Meanwhile, the police registered a case against the SHO Shahzad Town, Sub Inspector Muhammad Abbas Rana and other police officials for negligence in the case. However, the SHO instead of looking for the girl, alleged that she had run away with someone. Instead of registering the FIR, police officials had the police station cleaned, the FIR states.
The victim’s father, Ghulam Nabi, registered the First Information Report(FIR) at the Shahzad Town police station under Section 166 (public servant disobeying the law with intent to cause injury to any person) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
In the FIR, Nabi said that the family members approached the police station a number of times seeking help in finding the minor girl. However, instead of registering an FIR against her disappearance and searching the missing girl, the policemen made the family members clean the police station. Nabi said that the SHO, instead of lodging a case, conjectured that the 10-year-old girl must have run away with someone.
It calls for action against the SHO and other officials involved for criminal negligence. Meanwhile, police have arrested a close relative of Farishta but did not provide further details. They say that the scope of the investigation has been widened.