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LHC takes notice of assault on two sisters by gang led by senior police official


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday called a report from the Bahawalnagar district and sessions judge on incident of assault on two sisters by a six-member gang reportedly led by a senior police officer.
The LHC took notice on a media report that two siblings, residents of Riaz Colony, Haroonabad, were on their way home when a man forcibly took them to his factory where he and five other men, including a senior police officer, molested them. 
The victims said that after the assault, the police officer took them to his vehicle on the pretext that he would drop them at their residence but instead he took them to his place in Wapda Scarp Colony where he again sexually assaulted them.
The girls said that they managed to escape and contacted the police emergency service (Rescue-15) responding to which Sub-inspector Akbar reached there and took them to the city police station. 
However, the station house officer (SHO) refused to lodge a case, saying the incident had not taken place within city police precincts and that the victims should lodge their complaint with Faqirwali police.
Apparently in order to save his senior boss, the Faqirwali SHO did not turn up for a long period of time when the victims reached the police station to lodge the complaint while his colleagues first tried to persuade the victims to forgive and forget and then threatened them with dire consequences if they pursued the case any longer. The ill-fated girls said they had contacted the media as a last resort. They also requested the high-ups to take stern action against the ringleader police officer and his accomplices.

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