A Model Court in Karachi has handed down a death sentence to a man for abducting and killing a 6-year-old girl in 2006.
Model Criminal Court East Additional District and Sessions Judge Haleem Ahmed delivered the reserved judgment after recording the evidence and concluding the arguments of both the parties.
It may be recalled that accused Mohammad Irshad had abducted a 6-year-old girl from Gulistan-e-Jauhar and killed her after raping her.
The judge sentenced the accused Irshad three times and ordered to send the accused to jail for the execution of the verdict which was present in the court at the time of the hearing.
According to the prosecution, the 6-year-old girl went missing from outside her house on October 9, 2006.
The prosecution said that later the girl’s friend informed her parents that Muhammad Irshad had called the girl to an open plot to give her toys.
They added that the parents of the missing girl had registered a case against Irshad and he was arrested.
The trial court later sentenced the accused to life imprisonment in 2012, but the Federal Shariah Court remanded the case for trial in 2014.
Public Prosecutor Anwar Mehr took the position that the prosecution’s evidence was sufficient to hold the accused responsible for the incident and asked the court to sentence the accused severely in accordance with the law.
On the other hand, defence lawyer Zubair Rajput said that his client was innocent and a false case had been registered against him and asked the court to acquit him.
It may be recalled that a case was registered against the accused at Gulistan-e-Johar police station under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code, attempted murder, section 364A of kidnapping and section 276 of rape.
In August this year, the local NGO Sahil revealed in its report that 1,489 children were sexually abused in the first quarter of this year and about eight children are targeted daily.
The report said that among these children were 785 girls and 704 boys.
The report said that in 822 cases, the accused knew the victims or their parents, while in 135 cases, strangers were involved.
The report said that in 98 cases, the victims ranged in age from one to five years, in 331 cases between six and 10 years and in most 490 cases, the victims ranged in age from 11 to 15 years.