Terrible things, unfortunately, happen everyday but sometimes unfathomably horrible incidents occur that leave entire nations in shock and grief. The motorway rape case, the Arzoo Raja forced conversion and marriage case and the Kashmore gang rape incident are all heinous crimes that shocked Pakistan. But what happens after the initial horror and grief subsides, and there aren’t any more media headlines about these cases.
Abid Malhi and Shafqat, alias Bagga, raped a women and beat her children in the Gujjarpura area of the motorway, on the 9th of September. The heinous nature of the crime– a mother raped in front of her children–shocked the nation.And the victim-blaming remarks of the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore, added to the controversy. The case became national news and a month long search ensued to catch the culprits. They have since been arrested and are in police custody.
14 year old, Arzoo Raja’s father filed an FIR that she was missing, on the 13th of October. After which police discovered that the christian girl had been kidnapped and married to 44 year old Syed Ali Azhar. Arzoo’s parents stated that she was forcefully converted to Islam before being made to marry Syed Ali Azhar. He produced a nikkahnama, free-will affidavit, and a Sanad-e-Islam certificate. A case was then filed in the Sindh High Court by Arzoo’s parents seeking her recovery. On the 2nd of November Arzoo was taken into protective custody on the orders of the court, and Syed Ali Azhar was arrested. Arzoo’s marriage has since been annulled by the court as it was a case of child marriage.
A mother and her five year old child were raped, in Kashmore by a man who falsely promised to offer her a job. The mother and child were then passed on to another man who also raped and abused them. The mother was then released, and her child held hostage under the condition that the mother bring back another girl to take her place. However, the mother informed the police. ASI Muhammad Bux Buriro convinced his daughter to go with the panicked mother to meet one of the rapists, as part of a trap. Upon arriving to meet the mother Rafiq Malik was arrested by police, who had been waiting to apprehend him. ASI Buriro and his daughter were widely commended and rewarded for their efforts by the government. The main suspect in the case was shot dead during a raid to arrest his accomplice, Khairullah Bugti. Bugti has been arrested by the police.