Pakistan Islamic seminary chief on sex charge
Alleged gang rape of student may be linked to other cases
A local court remanded the head of an Islamic seminary and his two accomplices in custody on Wednesday for allegedly gang raping a college student in a moving car in northwest Pakistan.
The three suspects, Qari Naseer, Faizan and Hussain, were arrested on Monday in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The suspects drew public ire outside the court, where some enraged protesters showered them with eggs, stones, tomatoes and expletives until the suspects were escorted away. Some of the protesters painted their faces black and demanded a public execution.
"The victim … was lured into taking a ride to an examination center by her friend who was in cahoots with the alleged rapists," District Police Officer Khurram Rashid told reporters.
"Qari Naseer, head of a local seminary and prime suspect, and his friends assaulted the girl in a moving car and later threw her out near Ghazikot Township," Rashid said.
An official said preliminary investigation showed that the gang was involved in several rape cases and would blackmail their victims after making videos of the alleged rape. At least 20 mobile phone SIM cards were recovered from the suspects, police said.
Rape cases are rarely prosecuted in Pakistan. In March, a woman set herself on fire at a police station in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab after police acquitted the alleged rapist for lack of evidence.
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