DNA test to have final say in girl rape case
ISLAMABAD, Jan 9: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress in the investigation of a five year-old-girl from Sindh, who was sexually assaulted, last month. The committee directed DIG Mirpurkhas to conduct a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test to ascertain the facts.
The minor girl, hailing from the Hindu community, was allegedly raped on December 2, 2012 by a man, who has a Muslim background. The incident took place in a village close to Umerkot, Sindh.
The case was brought to the attention of the National Assembly by MNA Nawab Yousaf Talpur, in the last session. The case was then forwarded to the Standing Committee on Human Rights.
It is important to note that the incident had triggered protests and rallies in towns of Sindh, including Karachi. It was also reported that the local police were attempting to save the culprit by exploiting loopholes in the legal process.
The committee learnt that the culprit who committed the inhuman act was arrested and was in judicial custody.
“A confessional statement from the culprit has been recorded,” said DIG Mirpurkhas, Ghulam Hyder.
The committee members said that the time to investigate the case and to reach a conclusion had taken too long. But Ghulam
Hyder explained to the members that the chemical examiners report was unclear.
“We have written to the Secretary Health, Sindh Government, to authorise a DNA test. We are waiting for the green signal from him,” said Ghulam Hyder explaining that there was still confusion, if the girl was raped or that the incident was one of attempted
rape, against the minor girl.
“The DNA testing will clear all confusions,” said DIG Mirpurkhas.
However, none of the ten women parliamentarians in the committee were satisfied with the progress on the case.
The three most vocal MNAs Dr Attiya Inayatullah, Kash-mala Tariq and Dr Zile Huma suggested that all rape cases be dealt by the anti terror courts (ATCs) — where decisions were given faster. — Jamal Shahid