The Karachi Police claimed on Saturday to have discovered enough proof in opposition to Dua Zehra’s purported husband and different suspects in a case approximately her alleged abduction from Karachi and next underage marriage in Lahore
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KARACHI: In what was regarded to be a U-turn, the Karachi Police claimed on Saturday to have discovered enough proof in opposition to Dua Zehra’s purported husband and different suspects in a case approximately her alleged abduction from Karachi and next underage marriage in Lahore.
The investigating officer of the case, DSP Shaukat Shahani, on June sixteen submitted the very last research document below Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to a judicial magistrate,
inquiring about the cancellation of the case lodged at the grievance of Zehra’s dad and mom because the kidnapping and underage marriage fees had been now no longer proven.
However, on Saturday, the IO submitted a development document to Additional District and Sessions Judge-IV (East) Muhammad Mehboob Awan,
Who turned into listening to a software filed with the aid of using Syed Mehdi Ali Kazmi, the woman’s father, looking for an alternative of the investigating officer.
He is knowledgeable that the woman, in an assertion recorded earlier than a judicial magistrate, Lahore, below Section 164 of the CrPC, had stated she went to Lahore and married Ahmed of her very own loose will.
Inspector Saeed Ahmed Thaheem, the primary IO of the case, reached Lahore on April 23 and approached the applicable courtroom docket, looking for custody of the woman, however, his plea turned into denied and she or he turned into declared loose to move anyplace she desired.
IO Shahani stated he turned into assigned the research of the case on May 30 and on June five, the woman and her purported husband had been recovered from Bahawalnagar’s Chishtian tehsil and produced earlier than the Sindh High Court (SHC) in pursuance of its orders the subsequent day.
When an SHC choose requested Zehra if she turned into abducted with the aid of using anybody, she answered withinside the poor and knowledgeable that she, being a sui juris (an impartial woman), traveled to Lahore from Karachi and reduced in size a freewill marriage with Ahmed, the officer stated,
including that an ossification check was achieved to decide the woman’s age and declared her to be among sixteen and 17 years of age, and then the excessive courtroom docket had allowed her to determine whom she desired to stay with.
He mentioned that seeing that she had already recorded her assertion earlier than the Lahore magistrate, she turned into surpassed over to her husband, and all of the detained spouses and children of the groom,
who had been arrested for allegedly facilitating Zaheer, had been discharged from the case below Section sixty-three of the CrPC in opposition to non-public bonds besides suspects — Ghulam Mustafa, a nearby cleric who allegedly solemnized the marriage, and Asghar Ali, one of the eyewitnesses of the marriage.
Meanwhile, Kazmi approached the Supreme Court in opposition to the SHC’s order however the pinnacle courtroom docket directed him to method the trial courtroom docket rather than have his criticism redressed.
Subsequently, the complainant implemented to a District East judicial magistrate, looking for an evaluation of his daughter’s age via a clinical board, which turned into allowed.
The clinical board shaped to test the age of the woman declared her to be between 15 and sixteen years old, the IO maintained and introduced he acquired a name records record (CDR) of Ahmed’s telecall smartphone range at the magistrate’s directives.
The CDR evaluation confirmed that the suspect turned in in Karachi on April sixteen, while she went lacking from her residence.
He stated the research to date achieved into the case, statements of the witnesses, and the evaluation of the woman’s age, in addition to the CDR evaluation, offer enough proof in opposition to Zaheer and 32 different suspects.
Therefore, IO Shahani stated he had sought approval from his excessive-ups for the submission of a fee sheet in opposition to the suspects below Section 363 (Punishment for kidnapping) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) examine with Sections 3, 4, and five of the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013.
He stated he had additionally asked permission to tour Punjab to arrest Zaheer Ahmed and get better Dua Zehra from his custody. The choice adjourned the case till July 19 while he might pay attention to arguments at the software.
Kazmi, via his attorney and social activist Jibran Nasir, had moved a clean software, looking for the elimination of the IO, DSP Shaukat Shahani, and the appointment of a brand new one.
Nasir tweeted that the police’s development document showed Zaheer’s involvement withinside the crime of kidnapping, including that the IO turned into nevertheless looking to offer an advantage to accused
Zaheer with the aid of using disposing of Section 364-A (kidnapping with reason to pressure sexual relations) of PPC and changing it with Section 363 (easy kidnapping) and omitting Section 365-B (kidnapping for compelled marriage).