In a chilling incident, the lifeless body of an unidentified woman was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag inside a water drum on an empty plot near Fatima Masjid in Karachi’s Defence Phase VII area.
Defence Police Station House Officer (SHO) Shaukat Awan revealed that preliminary investigations point towards murder, emphasizing the need for the coroner’s findings to provide a definitive comment on the nature of the crime.
Police Surgeon Dr. Summaiya Syed, who examined the victim’s body at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), highlighted that the woman’s mouth was bound with a cloth. While samples have been collected, the exact cause of death awaits further reports.
Referring to the autopsy report of the female victim, the Korangi police verified that she had been given a toxic injection following a sexual assault.
The advanced state of decomposition has posed challenges in identifying the victim, estimated to be in her 30s. SHO Awan mentioned that the police have gathered “significant clues” regarding the woman’s identity and potential motives behind the alleged murder.
This shocking discovery adds to a series of recent incidents of violence against women in Karachi. Just last week, the police were probing the death of a newly married woman in Karachi’s DHA, examining whether it was a suicide or murder.
This grim incident follows a pattern, with a 35-year-old woman shot dead in Orangi Town over a “personal dispute” last month and another woman allegedly shot dead by her husband in September, citing ‘honour’ as the motive. These cases underscore a concerning trend of violence against women in the city.
A report by the National Commission of Human Rights reveals a disturbing reality, with approximately 63,000 cases of gender-based violence reported in Pakistan over the past three years.
The gruesome discovery in Karachi’s Phase VII area further emphasizes the urgent need for concerted efforts to address and combat gender-based violence, ensuring the safety and protection of women in the country. The authorities are actively investigating the recent incident while grappling with the broader challenge of creating a safer environment for women.