CM Punjab takes notice of suicide attempt by rape victim


LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday has taken notice of a suicide attempt by an alleged rape victim, who suffered 80 per cent burns after setting herself on fire in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab.


The woman doused her clothes with petrol and set herself on fire outside Muzaffargarh’s City police station to protest against ‘non-provision of justice in a rape case’, doctors at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Muzaffargarh quoted the victim.

CM Punjab directed relevant authorities to take all possible measures to provide the victim with justice and also ordered the District Police Officer (DPO) to immediately submit a report over the incident.

The woman, who was severely injured in her suicide attempt, was taken to DHQ Muzaffargarh and was later referred to the Multan Nishtar Hospital.

“In her statement to the doctor today she claimed that she was raped by Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Noor and a constable Adbul Qayyum but there is no First Information Report (FIR) registered in any police station of the district regarding the crime.”

Earlier on Sunday, the woman had reached compromise with two police constables namely, Munna and Abdul Qayyum, in a robbery case. She had stated in an FIR that she was beaten and robbed of her valuables by the two constables but later reached a compromise and withdrew the case, said the DPO.

Hospital representatives maintained that 80 per cent of her body was burnt in the self immolation attempt.

Earlier in March 2015, a rape victim in Muzaffargarh had died after she set herself ablaze to protest against a police report which helped her alleged rapist obtain bail.