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Man Given a 10-Year Prison Term for Raping His 5-Year-Old Cousin

A guy was given a ten-year prison term by a sessions court in Karachi for raping his little relative there. It noted that in rape cases, an out-of-court settlement was not legally binding.

For raping his cousin when she was just five years old in March 2020, the man known only as Zain received a ten-year prison term. The Kalri police station had authority over Zain. The perpetrator admitted to the crime at a Jirga, but the victim’s father released him from punishment.

In December 2022, the Sindh High Court (SHC) sent the matter back to the trial court with the direction to reevaluate it after recording the victim’s statement, who was unable to testify due to her age and trauma. The prosecution’s story was corroborated by the witnesses, who included the victim’s father, aunt, and other family members.

In his withdrawal of his confessional evidence, Zain claimed that it had been gained through torture and that he had been set up because of a property dispute. According to the victim’s father, Zain was pardoned at a Jirga at the urging of his family after they admitted his guilt.

Behzad Akbar Gabol and Basam Ali Dahri, attorneys for the Legal Aid Society, asserted that the victim’s family was reluctant to testify in court or present the victim because of the out-of-court settlement, but that their witness statements and the medical evidence ultimately resulted in Zain’s conviction.

Recent events saw the accused of sexual assault condemned and given a ten-year prison term along with a fine of Rs. 100,000 by Additional Sessions Judge (South) Ashraf Hussain Khowaja. The judge stated that the plaintiff’s forgiveness had no legal repercussions because rape was a non-compoundable offence.

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