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Lahore motorway gang rape case: ATC reserves verdict as arguments conclude

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  • Lahore ATC anticipated to announce verdict on Saturday — March 20, 2021 — after prosecution presents 37 witnesses, together with survivor.
  • Prosecutors argued that stable proof towards the accused people was accessible.
  • Defence claimed Shafqat Ali was compelled to get report assertion and questioned the authenticity of the identification parade.

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court docket (ATC) on Thursday reserved its verdict within the Lahore motorway gang-rape case as arguments from the related events had been accomplished.

The Lahore ATC is anticipated to announce the decision on Saturday — March 20, 2021.

Throughout a listening to presided over by ATC Decide Arshad Hussain Bhutta and performed at Camp (District) Jail, the deputy prosecutors basic, Hafiz Asghar and Waqar Bhatti, represented the prosecution. Advocates Sher Gull Qureshi and Qasim Arain appeared on behalf of Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali, the prime accused and co-accused, respectively, who had been produced by the jail authorities.

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The prosecutors argued that the accused people gang-raped the sufferer girl at gunpoint and stable proof was accessible towards them. The accused, they added, had been arrested after their DNA matched with the samples collected from crime scene whereas the survivor additionally recognized them throughout an identification parade held within the presence of a Justice of the Peace.

Shafqat Ali, the co-accused, had confessed to the crime earlier than a judicial Justice of the Peace, they submitted, pleading with the court docket at hand down strict punishment as they dedicated a heinous crime.

Nevertheless, the defence counsel opposed the plea, saying the prosecution had did not show Shafqat’s presence on the crime scene and that the identification parade was held 22 days after his arrest.

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The defence counsel additionally submitted that Shafqat’s assertion was recorded after a delay of 1 month and eighteen days, including that he was compelled to report his assertion, they claimed.

The defence additionally questioned the authenticity of the identification parade, whereas elevating numerous questions on the method adopted throughout it.

In whole, the prosecution offered 37 witnesses, together with the survivor, throughout the trial. The court docket reserved its verdict until March 20.

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Earlier, the Gujjarpura police filed a challan towards the accused, whereby they had been declared responsible. That they had requested the court docket to award strict punishment to the accused as enough proof was accessible towards them.

On September 9, 2020, Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali had allegedly raped a girl at gunpoint within the metropolis’s Gujjarpura space within the presence of her kids after her automotive ran out of gas and he or she was ready for assistance on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (M-11).

The boys stole Rs100,000 price of cash, jewelry, and ATM playing cards earlier than fleeing, the girl had instructed police on the time.

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A primary data report (FIR) of the incident — which had sparked protests throughout Pakistan over sexual violence towards ladies and a scarcity of accountability — was lodged on the Gujjarpura police station beneath numerous sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken “strict notice” of the similar case, in addition to the rape and homicide of a five-year-old lady in Karachi, and later okayed a regulation for the chemical castration of sexual abusers.

The draft of the anti-rape ordinance consists of rising ladies’s function in policing, fast-tracking rape circumstances, and witness safety.

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