On Tuesday, a gender-based violence court in Lahore passed life imprisonment and Rs.500,000 in fine to a man sentenced of raping a six years old girl.
The court established specifically to deal with child abuse cases — specified in its judgment that Qari Mohammad Shahbaz was suspect of raping the child; and a first information report (FIR) of the occurrence was registered at Gulshan-e-Ravi Police Station; following which the victim’s report was documented before the court.
“Prosecution proved their incident and the accused one Qari Shahbaz was convicted to life captivity along with a fine of Rs.500,000” an additional sessions judge, Rehmat Ali said in the verdict.
“The convict’s sentence could be extended by an additional six months, if he fails to submit the fine, the judgment further said.”
The gender-based violence court is an alliance of Asian Development Bank and the Lahore High Court.
Report analysis: In this regards, the minor girl Zainab can not be forgotten; whose siblings suffered a lot so this is very good step from jurisdictional authorities because this penalty would be a lesson to all those beings who had been involved in such activities but they are still hiding from the legal authorities. The minor child Zainab is no more even her case is solved as well but still the loss her family face can not be cured.
According to some reliable sources in Pakistan child abuse is problem on a high rank. This is not only the given justice to the victim and its family but it a great encouragement for civil society that they are not neglected in any way but they have their legal rights in Pakistan. And if they face some sort of social problem which becomes the cause of their big or little loss then they have a strong law powerful to get justice for them.