Bail plea of man accused of raping stepdaughter rejected

A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Saturday rejected the bail plea of a man accused of raping his stepdaughter over his failure to appear in the court or contending the case through a counsel

Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Atta Rabbani issued a written decision on the bail application of Muhammad Naseem, stating he did not deserve "extraordinary bail"

Judge Rabbani observed that "the petitioner did not appear in person nor did he present his counsel for arguments", leading to the decision

He further said that the interim bail order issued earlier in the case was now considered withdrawn

On December 1, Khanna police registered a case on the complaint of Safina Bibi, the second wife of the accused, on the aforementioned charges

Also read: Man held for harassing stepdaughter Last month, police registered an FIR against a resident of Patwar Payan village, Peshawar for raping his 14-year-old daughter for the past two years

The law enforcement agency said that the girl had approached a female relative who encouraged her to report the case to police so she visited the police station and lodged an FIR against her father

According to child rights activist Imran Takkar, incest is more widespread than generally believed and it is not a good sign for society

“Children and women are the most vulnerable segment of our society and they are at high risk of rape and sexual violence even by their blood relatives,” he said, adding that most of the times such incidents are covered up by the families in order to save their ‘honour’

Moreover, psychiatrist Dr Iftikhar advised mothers should be educated to be aware of the possibility of incest behaviour of their husbands or sons

Date:09-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link