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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Karachi gang rape shocks Karachiites

It took the gang rape survivor less than 24 hours to realise that she was better off withdrawing her statement, so badly did the government and police manage the case.
Twenty-something K and her acquaintance S, in her mid-30s, were driving in a blue Suzuki Alto on Khayaban-e-Qasim in DHA Karachi when three to four men in a car rammed into them from the back. The small car dived into a ditch, the women were dragged from the car, abducted and K was gang raped while S was beaten. They were then dumped back at the spot. M, one of K’s friends, took them to hospital from where the case was taken up.
DIG South Iqbal Mehmood confirmed that the medico-legal report stated that rape had indeed taken place. “The report has been reserved for now and will only be released on Tuesday,” he said. S was beaten and needed 17 stitches, added Citizens-Police Liaison Committee chief Ahmed Chinoy. He told The Express Tribune, “Since there was no medico-legal officer (MLO) at Jinnah hospital they were then taken to Services hospital where the MLO examined the girl and also took samples for DNA testing. The initial report does say that she was raped.” Police Surgeon Dr Hamid Parhiyar said K’s clothes have been handed over to the police. DNA samples have been dispatched as well. Dr Sumayan, who carried out the chemical examination, has declined to comment.
K’s friend M registered the First Information Report (FIR) No. 585/10 under Sections 365-A (kidnapping) and 375/34 (gang rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Darakshan police station. It states that there were three to four unidentified men who committed the crime. The complaint was, however, withdrawn late Monday night.
At the Darakhshan police station, where the statements were recorded, a veritable media circus had broken out. Not one to be left out, information adviser Sharmila Farooqui arrived and after attempting to speak to K, met the media at about 7:30 pm. Against all internationally adopted procedures, the adviser not only named the rape survivor but went on to express scepticism and describe K as extremely “hyper” and “rude” as she did not want to speak to anyone. “She’ll beat you with a stick if you go meet her!” Farooqui exclaimed.
The adviser told the media that K had said that she would think about giving names and addresses after mulling over them through the night. Amid a rash of questions, Farooqui discussed M’s statement that led to the FIR. M’s statement was automatically assumed to be K’s version of the events, that she went to a “party” and was raped after she emerged from it. “But this is her version,” said Farooqui. She went on to make the judgement that K’s statements had been “contradictory” because her friends had given different statements and locations.
“You will understand it later [after investigations are through],” Farooqui answered to further badgering from the media. “We’ve understood it a little… Uss [her statements] mein jaan nahi he. Thora sa he.”
Farooqui said that K was blaming the police and politicians for inviting the media. “A perfectly normal person would panic with so much media around,” the adviser admitted.
K was not willing to share details of where she lived, the address of the supposed party she had attended and other information. S was also not keen on divulging any details.
Adviser Farooqui and the CPLC’s Chinoy went on to stress that the rumours of a gang operating in DHA were not true. “There is no such thing. It is an individual, isolated case,” Farooqui said. She expressed sympathy for the police. “The bechara DIG has been sitting here for four hours,” she remarked.
Chinoy, who also spoke to K, said, “She was calm. However given the amount of media present, given what happened, she was disturbed and said that she had not been treated fairly [mere sath insaaf nahi hua he].”
While officials admitted that the medico-legal report showed that K had been raped, the prevailing consensus at the police station was that the women were at fault and were ‘blackmailing’ someone by filing the FIR. When asked about K’s profession, DIG Iqbal Mehmood huffily replied, “She says she is a model.” He then went on to disclose personal biological details about her.
At the police station, there appeared to be an effort to portray that the alleged victims were ‘call girls’ and one of them was involved in ‘trafficking women’. Much was made of the “fact” that the women had reportedly attended a party and that one of their statements did not match.
“The victim is not ready to inform the police about the culprits and she is not even answering when the police ask her from where she was returning home at midnight,” said SHO Rana Amjad. “We did not register the case on the complaint of the victim but we lodged the FIR over media pressure.” The women had not spoken to any media personnel and had left the police station while reporters were amassed outside.
The small car, which had been hit by the alleged perpetrators’ car, stood in the parking lot at the police station. Its front and rear ends had received extensive damage and the windshield was smashed.
Speaking to The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, a female police surgeon with 15 years of experience, who works with rape survivors admitted at Jinnah hospital, Civil hospital and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, said: “We keep asking the (alleged) victim questions and slowly take them into confidence in order to get the whole story. Every now and then we revert to the same questions in order to check for continuity… In some cases the woman may be severely traumatised and when questioned by the police may succumb to pressure.” Dr Mubarak Ali, a medico-legal officer at Civil hospital, also said a victim’s story changes if they get scared of the police.
PPI reported, however, that both women came to the police station on Monday at about midnight and informed the police about the case.
According to this report, the police took them to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities. CHK MLO Dr Qarrar told PPI that the initial report suggested that the woman was raped.
Clifton SP Tariq Dharejo told The Express Tribune that the DIG was forming a special investigation team to investigate the matter. The mobile phone records are being pulled as well.
with additional input by mahnoor sherazee
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that City Government has made best arrangements for Muharram-ul-Haram. The police and CPLC has been provided access to city government’s Command & Control Room to monitor the whole area from Nishter Park to Tower with latest technology. City Government has provided such a latest system to citizens of Karachi that would enable city administration to monitor and check every inch of the city through surveillance video cameras.

He expressed these views after an inspection of the main routes for Muharram processions and while reviewing the monitoring arrangements at Command & Control Center on Saturday.

During the visit he was informed that on the advice of police, this year city government has not set up its camps on the routes of procession but the city wardens and fire brigade with concerned staff and necessary vehicles would remain on their duty at various designated locations.

City Nazim on this occasion said that staff of Sindh Police led by a senior police officer and the CPLC officials would monitor the city condition from C&CC for two days, adding that the city government has already finalized all the arrangements in this regard.

Nazim Karachi said that the whole area from Nishter Park to Tower particularly the M.A Jinnah Road holds much importance due to the holding of religious and political events. City Government has therefore arranged for the monitoring of every inch of this sensitive area and the system was not planned for only Muharram and other emergencies but was working round the clock in all 365 days.

He also expressed hope that the performance of police and other vigilance agencies would get better in future after getting access to the latest surveillance system installed at the city government’s C&CC. City Nazim said that this year too we have made excellent arrangements for Muharram-ul-Haram. Fire brigade, doctors, paramedical staff, ambulances, water and sewerage jetting machines and other facilities have been deployed on various locations so that they could be reached anywhere in case of emergency. During the visit City Nazim also directed for better sanitation in the area and availability of water through tanker service on a priority basis.

Meanwhile the City Government has deployed city wardens, Ambulance 1122, fire brigade and officials of KWSB at Missile Fuwwara Chowrangi and Preedy area in Saddar. The city wardens will also perform their duty in Kharadar, Radio Pakistan, Numaish, Ayesha Manzil, Nishter Park, Incholi, Jamia Sibtain, Abu Turab, Defence Phase IV and at all three signal free corridors.

Monday, January 12, 2009

What is FIR ?

First Information Report (FIR) is a written document prepared by the police when they receive information about the commission of a cognizable offence. It is a report of information that reaches the police first in point of time and that is why it is called the First Information Report. It is generally a complaint lodged with the police by the victim of a cognizable offence or by someone on his/her behalf. Anyone can report the commission of a cognizable offence either orally or in writing to the police. Even a telephonic message can be treated as an FIR. It is a duty of police to register FIR without any delay or excuses. Non-registration of FIR is an offence and can be a ground for disciplinary action against the concerned police officer.

Cognizable Offence:

A cognizable offence is one in which the police may arrest a person without warrant. They are authorized to start investigation into a cognizable case on their own and do not require any orders from the court to do so.

Non-cognizable Offence:

A non-cognizable offence is an offence in which a police officer has no authority to arrest without warrant. The police cannot investigate such an offence without the court’s permission.

Why is FIR important?

FIR is a very important document as it sets the process of criminal justice in motion. It is only after the FIR is registered in the police station that the police start investigation of the case. According to Articles 21, 22, 23, 25, 49, 50 of Qanoon-e-Shahadat Order 1984, FIR is a relevant fact.


Who can lodge FIR?

Anyone who knows about the commission of a cognizable offence can file an FIR. It is not necessary that only the victim of the crime should file an FIR. A police officer that comes to know about a cognizable offence can file an FIR himself/herself. You can file FIR if:

a. You are the person against whom the offence has been committed.

b. You know yourself about an offence, which has been committed.

c. You have seen the offence being committed. The police may not investigate a

complaint even if you file an FIR, when:

1. The case is not serious in nature.

2. The police feel that there is not enough ground to investigate.

3. The police resources are already over-committed in investigating more serious offences. However, the police must record the reasons for not

conducting an investigation and in the latter case must inform you (Section 157 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898).

What is the procedure of filling FIR?

The procedure of filing an FIR is prescribed in Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. It is as follows:

I. When information about the commission of a cognizable offence is given

orally, the police must write it down.

II. It is your right as a person giving information or making a complaint to

demand that the information recorded by the police is read over to you.

III. Once the police have recorded the information in the FIR Register, the person

giving the information must sign it.

IV. You should sign the report only after verifying that the information recorded

by the police is as per the details given by you.

V. People who cannot read or write must put their left thumb impression on the

document after being satisfied that it is a correct record.

VI. Always ask for a copy of the FIR, if the police do not give it to you.

VII. It is your right to get a copy of FIR free of cost.

What should you mention in the FIR?

1. Your name and address;

2. Date, Time and Location of the incident you are reporting;

3. The true facts of the incident as they occurred, including the use of weapons, if any;

4. Names and description of the persons involved in the incident;

5. Names and addresses of witnesses, if any. (Format used by the police for the registration of FIR is attached).

Things you should NOT do:

1 Never file a false complaint or give wrong information to the police. You can

be prosecuted under law for giving wrong information or for misleading the

police (Section 182 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860).

2 Never exaggerate or distort facts.

3 Never make vague or unclear statements.

4 One who refuses to sign his statement of FIR can be prosecuted under section

180 of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.

5 One who lodges a false charge of offence made with intent to injure a person can

be prosecuted under section 211 of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.

What can you do if your FIR is not registered?

Contact Citizens-Police Liaison Committee – Central Reporting Cell Sindh Governor’s Secretariat - Karachi. Phone No. (021) 111-222-345 Fax: 5683336. CPLC Helpline 568-2222 or 136

(Courtesy : CPLC)