KARACHI: Protesters demanding justice for the minor girl, who was allegedly strangulated after rape in Karachi’s Manghopir area, clashed with the police near Kati Pahari area Tuesday afternoon
The protesters, who had also brought the body of the minor to the protest, demanded authorities take notice of the incident and arrest those who committed the heinous crime and blocked the road leading to Kati Pahari.
Negotiating with the protesters, the police assured them that DNA samples have been taken from the body and investigation would continue once the report is completed.
The family members of Rabia agreed to call off the protest, but the others refused to leave till justice was dispensed. Upon this, the police baton-charged the protesters and started aerial firing in an effort to disperse them. As a result, two protesters were injured.
Some protesters started to pelt stones at the policemen, in which at least one police officer was injured.
Incident being portrayed as political: SSP West
Speaking about the incident, SSP West Omar Shahid remarked that efforts were being made to portray the incident as political, adding that the Kati Pahari protest was baseless.
He shared that the deceased’s father had shared name of three suspects, of which two have been arrested. “Operations are being conducted to arrest the third suspect,” he added.
Minor found strangulated in Manghopir
A six-year-old girl, identified as Rabia, was found dead in Manghopir early Tuesday morning and though police officials were hesitant to confirm the report, it is strongly suspected that the minor was sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.
As per details, the six-year-old child went missing from her house on Monday afternoon and her body was found atop a hill near Nooruddin Goth a little after midnight.
Manghopir police station’s Duty Officer (DO) Ijaz said the victim’s father visited the police station at 9:00pm on Monday regarding his daughter’s disappearance.
“In his statement, the father told us the victim left her house at around 2:00pm on Monday after her aunt slapped her for refusing to go the madrassah,” said the DO, adding a call about a child’s dead body was received at 12:40am on early Tuesday morning.
The area SHO, Haji Sanaullah, shared that the MLO’s report confirmed that the minor was strangled to death. However, when asked about reports of sexual assault, he said investigations were at a preliminary stage. Similarly, SSP West Nasir Aftab did not reply to a question about whether the minor was sexually assaulted.