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Police Official Called For Help Rapes Girl In Gujranwala

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A resident of Gujranwala has registered a complaint against an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Punjab Police, alleging the police officer sexually assaulted her after she called the police emergency helpline 15 for assistance.

In a video, the girl said that the police officer who responded to her call raped her. She said the police have also not registered the case, as the respective DPO told her to withdraw the charges, assuring that the suspect would be held accountable.

Channel 24 News reported that police are in the process of ‘registering’ the case against the ASI on the complaint of the girl. It quoted Cantonment SP Hafeezur Rehman Bugti saying that the girl has been moved to a hospital for medical examination.

He said the case would be investigated on merit and departmental action would be ‘initiated against the policeman if he is found guilty of rape’. Meanwhile, Punjab Police Inspector General Inam Ghani has sought a report on the incident from the officials concerned.

On September 14, Gujranwala police arrested a man for allegedly molesting his 16-year-old stepdaughter multiple times in the Rajkot area of the district.

On Sept 18, two men allegedly raped a middle-aged woman in front of her daughters during a robbery at a house located in Peoples Colony near Raja Chowk, Faisalabad.

According to Batala Colony police, the two suspected robbers broke into the house and sexually assaulted the woman — who is a labourer by profession — before managing to get away with Rs200,000 and other valuable items.

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Increase in demand for pepper spray:

In the wake of several rape cases across Pakistan over the past month, there has been an increase in the sale of self-defence weapons, such as pepper sprays, pocket knives and stun guns.

A report published on Geo News said that social media users, mostly women, are searching for stories that sell non-lethal weapons as they seek to protect themselves from potential predators. Amid an increasing demand, the stores have also started refilling their stocks.

“It is probably for the first time in decades that we are selling pepper sprays at our store — that too, after scores of women, especially young girls of school-going age, asked for this item in particular at our counters,” Geo quoted a mart owner in Karachi’s Saddar area as saying.

A manager at an online store told Geo that the sales spiked by 50 per cent — at least a hundred units a day. “People are now purchasing these items in bulk, indicating a rising panic among the general public,” he told the outlet.

Human rights activists and people from civil society in major cities of Pakistan, including Karachi, held demonstrations against the incident in the wake of the motorway rape. People demanded of the government to take measures in order to control such brutal and barbaric elements from the society.

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