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Wife of judge booked for ‘torturing’ teenage maid in Islamabad

The girl's father alleged that his daughter was subjected to severe torture by the judge’s wife, and there were torture marks all over the child’s body.

The wife of civil judge Asim Hafeez has been booked by the Islamabad police for allegedly torturing a 14-year-old domestic worker after blaming her for stealing gold jewellery. The civil judge of the Punjab Judicial Service is working in the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad, on deputation for about three years.

According to the details, the case was registered at Police Station Humak on behalf of the girl’s father, Manga Khan, under Section 506 (committing offence of criminal intimidation) and Section 342 (wrongfully confining a person) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The First Information Report (FIR) stated that 14-year-old Rizwana was a domestic servant of Civil Judge Asim Hafeez for six months against the monthly salary of Rs10,000.

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The girl’s father alleged that his daughter was subjected to severe torture by the judge’s wife, and there were torture marks all over the child’s body. Upon examining her condition, the parents found several injuries on the girl’s entire body, with serious wounds on the head, which were “infested with maggots”.

“The girl’s tooth, nose, arm and ribs were broken due to the “severe torture” by the wife of a civil judge,” it said, adding that Somia tortured her maid with and allegedly strangled the girl, which has clear marks.

On the other hand, the civil judge told media persons that the girl injured her head by herself. He said that her spouse was investigating her regarding the alleged theft of some gold ornaments. He claimed that the girl was used to eating clay and some marks on her face appeared due to this habit.

Previously, an additional sessions judge (ADSJ) of Islamabad and his spouse were arrested on the same charges. The judge was terminated from service and also imprisoned for three years.

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