Child maid rape case: Senior politician held for ‘settling’ matter in jirga

KARACHI: The police arrested on Monday a senior politician and an influential feudal lord, Sardar Taj Muhammad Domki, belonging to upper Sindh, days after he held a jirga to settle the gang rape case of a 12-year-old maid, in which the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice on May 11, and then claimed that the girl “would never have received justice from the court”.

On the directives of higher authorities, Kashmore-Kandhkot SSP Dr Samiullah Soomro ordered the registration of an FIR against Domki and arrested him, confirmed Kandhkot C-Section police station SHO Muhammad Sadiq Odho. The FIR has been registered against the girl’s father, the father of one of the alleged rapists and 12 others, on behalf of the state for settling the matter in a jirga.

According to the SHO, raids were being conducted to arrest the remaining accused. The FIR No 89/2017 had been registered under sections of 310, 419, 117 and 143 of Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of ASI Muhammad Murad Lashari.

Domki held a jirga during which a settlement was done and a fine of Rs1.8 million was imposed on the accused from Sorhiani family. Even though the CJ took suo moto, not a single hearing has been held of the case so far.

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