Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Sunday called the kidnapping incident of a Christian little girl from Lahore on sexual slavery charges as “a shameful and terrible act.” He informed that FIR had been registered in this case and his ministry was following up on this case. “Criminals will be arrested,” he added.
“Perpetrators will be arrested ‘
Embarrassing and terrible act. Already took it. Registered FIR. We have a copy. MOHR is following the case now – the perpetrator will be arrested. https://t.co/rJwszsnZtI
– Shireen Mazari (@ ShireenMazari1) May 10, 2020
Deputy Inspector General of Lahore Police commented on a Twitter post stating Robina Patras, mother of Komal Patras who is a resident of Shibli City, approached the Sanda Police Station on March 16 and reported that her daughter Kamal Patras was missing and several unknown people had kidnapped her. “FIR Case No. 405/20 under section 365B has been registered and an investigation has begun,” he wrote.
According to DIG, the investigation team has raided two places in Okara but so far it cannot be recovered. He informed that SP Operations and SP Investigations approached Komal Patras’s parents and met them in person. “The family has suspected 3 people were involved in this incident. The police made all our efforts to arrest the defendant and recover Komal as soon as possible. Komal’s family has shown full faith in the police’s original efforts to recover,” DIG added.
However, Pakistani Journalist Naila Inayat highlighted that the FIR was re-registered in March when Komal Patras was kidnapped and accused that no kidnapper was mentioned in the FIR.
The FIR was re-registered in March when Komal Patras was kidnapped. None of the kidnappers were named, otherwise the FIR was registered against the afrad namaloom. https://t.co/X7ASQyxwbb
– Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) May 11, 2020
Pakistan’s religious minorities continue to suffer
The minority in ‘Naya Pakistan’ Imran Khan has faced ongoing discrimination and torture with the abduction of Komal Patras being the latest incident. Religious minority groups in Pakistan, including the Hindu and Christian communities, continue to suffer in 2019, facing forced conversion and persecution under religious blasphemy laws, according to the country’s human rights commission.
Pakistan Human Rights Commission (HRCP) said that religious minorities still cannot enjoy the freedom of religion or belief guaranteed by them under the country’s Constitution. Highlighting the misery of women in Pakistan, the report said in December, Pakistan was ranked 151 out of 153 by the World Economic Forum on the Global Gender Gap Index.
(With PTI input)
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