20-year-old Pakistani woman gang-raped, hanged from tree

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

June 21, – A 20-year-old woman was gang-raped, killed and hanged from a tree in Pakistan in a case with a chilling resemblance to a double rape and murder that caused outrage in neighbouring India last month.

hromedia 20-year-old Pakistani woman gang-raped, hanged from tree intl. news2Pakistani police said Muzammil Bibi, 20, was attacked by three men in a field in the impoverished Layyah area of densely populated Punjab province.

“This is the first time in my 22 years of service in the police that I have seen such a case, where a girl was raped in this way and found hanging from a tree,” senior officer Sadaqat Ali Chohan told the press.

Pakistani police said the victim was attacked by three men in a field in the impoverished Layyah area of densely populated Punjab province.

Allah Ditta, the victim’s mother, told police that her daughter had gone to the local fruit market Thursday noon but did not return.

Police said her parents spent all night looking for her and found her body hanging the next morning.

“This is the first time in my 22 years of service in the police that I have seen such a case, where a girl was raped in this way and found hanging from a tree,” senior officer Sadaqat Ali Chohan told Reuters.

“We have heard of such cases in India but never in Pakistan. The girl’s clothes were torn. We took her down and moved her to hospital. Her body had signs of resistance. We have arrested three individuals who have confessed to the crime.”

DPO (Layyah) Ghazi Salahuddin said the girl was raped before strangulation. Another police official who is part of the investigation told PTI that the girl had relations with a person named Irfan. “We had reports that yesterday she went to meet Irfan. At the moment, Irfan is a prime suspect in the case,” the police official said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered the DPO to submit a report and arrest the culprits at the earliest.

Rights activist Mahmal Sarfraz told PTI that this case showed the sickness of the culprits. “The culture of demeaning women through rape is on the rise in Pakistan. Since the culprits involved in rape and other crimes against women get away owing to no or poor follow up of the cases, it is difficult to arrest this trend,” she said.

In a similar incident two teenage cousins were found hanging from a tree after being raped in the north of India in May, in the latest of a series of attacks which have triggered nationwide debate on violence against women. Sparking a global outrage.

Press journalist for HRO media – M yousaf reports.

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