The distressing story of Uzma Ayub, 17, of district Takhte Nasrati KPK who recently gave birth to a baby girl on January 19, 2012, after being repeatedly raped for over a year by several police officers and a soldier,dates back to july 30, 2010 when she was kidnapped from her residence on a police raid, She could not be recovered for over a year and finally escaped from captivity on Sept 19, 2011.
Her case was not ordinary but complicated and of high profile because of the involvement of police officials and Army men the case however became even more serious when Alam zeb khan her borther turned-savior was shot dead, on december 9, 2011 in the court premises Karak in presense of police officials.
Rape victim Uzma Ayub’s brother and her lone supporter was determined to seek justice for sister but was silenced. He in an intervew had said that he would devote his life to help her sister in bringing up the child.
The government was well aware of what is going on ,assistant sub inspector Hakeem khan the main accused in the rape case was allegedly involved in carrying out illegag arrests, kidnapping for ransom and killing, against him was also alleged that members of the KPK provincial assembly take his help to silence their opposition by carrying out illegal activities. The other accused in the case a serving army soldier Naseebullah khan who kept uzma for one year in the cantonment area of Quetta Balochistan where she was repeatedly raped under his custody, successfully used his influence to silence the media and local authorities. With the provincial government’s indifferent attitude towards the events involved in Uzma’s case It was clear that the government was avoiding action against the police.
Earlier in one of her interview she had said that it was true that the child she was carrying in her womb will always remain fatherless, still what she knew was that she is the mother of the child and the most painful stage is yet to come when the child will ask her this question.
Much the same case is of Dr Shazia Khalid an employee of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), and working at the company’s Sui hospital living alone in accommodation provided by PPL, early morning hours of January 3, 2005, Dr. Shazia was awoken by somebody pulling her hair. She was then strangled with a cord, threatened, blindfolded, pistol-whipped, beaten and repeatedly raped by a masked man, allegedly an army officer, at Sui, Dera Bugti She in an interview said, “I cannot tell you how many times I was threatened. My life was made impossible. I am still terrified.” “My whole career was destroyed, as was my husband’s. That was why we left our country.” “Instead of getting justice, I was hounded out of Pakistan. I never wanted to leave Pakistan, but had no choice.” While General Musharraf was finding this couple’s determination to get justice increasingly irritating, according to Dr. Shazia and her husband, the authorities ordered to leave the country, and warned that if they stayed, they would be killed – by government “agencies” – and that no one would even find their bodies.
Dr. Shazia Khalid’s story is covered in Terence McKenna’s documentary about sexual violence in Pakistan, Land, Gold and Women. In the interview with McKenna Shazia was quoted saying “I did not get justice and I will regret that for the rest of my life” on February 28, 2006.
Unfortunately both victims fell prey to the defenders of the state and statesmen, but failed to get justice, according to the constitution of Pakistan section 367A.which deals with “Kidnapping or abducting in order to subject person to unnatural lust” clearly says “Whoever kidnaps, or abducts any person in order that such person may be subjected, or may be so disposed of as to be put in danger of being subjected, to the unnatural lust of any person, or knowing it to be likely that such person will be so subjected or disposed of, shall be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty-five years, and shall also be liable to fine”