Main suspect in motorway gang-rape case has previous criminal record: sources

DNA test of suspect has come out to be positive in the horrifying motorway rape case, authorities are yet to give comments on the case after the latest development.

Motorway incident

In breaking news, the perpetrator in the horrific and unforgivable motorway rape case has been confirmed via DNA matching. DNA samples were taken from the suspect and have now been confirmed to be a match.

One of the rapists was found to have an existing criminal record as he was involved in a gang robbery followed by the rape of a mother and daughter. The culprit was arrested but was bailed out for some reason and the matter was buried then and there with no new information or updates.

The case is still on-going and the new development and all other previous factors existing in the case will be taken into account to finally close the heart-wrenching case that has devastated all factions of Pakistan and the nation as a whole.

‘Two men appear with sticks and stones’

Renowned Pakistani journalist Feereha Idris on Thursday revealed the harrowing details of the Lahore-Sialkot motorway gang-rape case as she met the victims of the incident – the woman and her three children.

The journalist reported that the woman was staying at a family friend’s home in Lahore. Since she had traveled the road she took that day frequently, she found the road safe. However, when she ran out of petrol, she immediately called the motorway police for help.

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The police gave her a local number where she was told to call for help. She called that number and gave them the location too. She then waited for help The woman informed that since she was aware of her situation she locked the doors and windows of her car. According to the woman, she waited for an hour for help to arrive.

As per the journalist’s claims, out of nowhere two men appeared with sticks and stones and started threatening her. The woman screamed, but could not move her car. The men then smashed the window of her car with stones and sticks.

The men, after dragging them out of the car, physically assaulted them. The criminals then grabbed the children and ran away. The woman ran after them to save her children. The motorway police finally reached and found her car with blood and smashed windows.

‘Women was badly bruised, children were numb’

“They then informed the local police. The woman was badly bruised, swollen feet and bleeding head and so were the children. The family who went to retrieve them from the police station said they were all muddy and completely terrorized. They did not talk for hours. The children were numb,” wrote the journalist.

“As they were being dragged to the wilderness, she said she still tried to console her children by assuring them she was alright, at which, one of the men hit her head with the gun. She was reciting duas and making her kids do the same. The kids were also reciting prayers,” wrote the journalist.

While the family was being dragged like sacrificial animals to the altar, the attackers dropped the bag they had stolen from her. The bag had her gold bracelet worth Rs500,000, some cash, and other valuables. The monsters held her on gunpoint as they went looking for a bag, the journalist said.

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The journalist says the woman would not be surprised if they had been tipped off. They were absolutely sure of what they planned to do. Her cell had fallen down under her seat. They never asked for it. The phone was found later from under her car seat. Her friends and relatives say she refused to recognize them when they reached the spot of the location.

Can more laws protect women?

Although in the province of Punjab, The Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2015 has been passed, there are still numerous cases of violence against women in the province. According to a report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the number of honor killings in the province between June 2017 and August 2018 stood at 737.

The total number of such murders since the organization started keeping records in 2016 stands at 15,222. Honor killing has almost become a norm in many parts of Pakistan where women are treated as a commodity whose sole responsibility is to be submissive guardians of men’s honor and ego.

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Experts and researchers suggest that in Pakistan’s social setting, like many other developing polities, there is a complex and rigid concept of power. Violence against women, like rape, is a demonstration of power and strength. It should, therefore, be understood from a sociological perspective which helps to understand the context in which these incidents take place. If a girl, for example, refuses a marriage proposal of a man or any other demand for any stated or unstated reasons she, by doing so, insults the man and hurts his ego. Such trends need to be challenged and immediately countered.

GVS News Desk

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