Somia Bibi 13 allegedly eloped with her lover Adil exactly two days after her reported
marriage. She stayed with the boy for three days in a hotel but on the evening of
fourth day, he took her to city market in Mansehra and got disappeared. She searched
for him but in vain. “I was desperately looking for Adil when two police cops ascended
from police van”. One of them asked the reason of her standing alone on the roadside.
“Despite efforts I failed to take a single step forward-
“After listening to my ordeal, the SHO welcome me using abusive language calling
me pros and whatever they could say-
"Any police officer who vexatiously and unnecessarily delays the forwarding to t a court or to any other authority to whom he legally bound to forward any arrested person, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with fine". Article 157, Police Order.
“Crying with paining bruises and sever body aches I was trying to sleep when a man
in civvies came to me covering his face-
After publication of her story in local newspapers, the HDO mobilized the national media and legal fraternity who forced the administration to record the statement of victim afresh. She was later taken to the court of judicial magistrate where she recorded her statement under section 164 of the PPC and endorsed the disclosure she made before press earlier.
Medical examination of rape victim confirmed that she was no more virgin but the fear of reprisal from the law enforcement agencies the doctors did not document sexual or physical torture.
However for rehabilitation of victim, HDO’s team of female psychologist and counselor
met her in the Dar ul Amaan and extended her psychological support. “I was totally
shaken with humiliation of losing my honor-
For her psychological recovery, the psychologist held two sessions at the Dar ul Amaan using techniques of muscle relaxation, physical exercises, assertiveness and confidence building. She was recovering slowly after two sessions when the Dar ul Amaan authorities banned HDO’s entry on police order. However after her getting out of Dar ul Amaan, HDO’s psycho rehabilitation team visited her home and had three more individual sessions which helped her recovering from the trauma to a greater extent.
“I want to bury bitter memories because I cannot move against the tide-
Like so many other cases Somia succumbed to police pressure, and when the District Judge Mansehra launched inquiry into her case on the orders of Peshawar High Court and Supreme Court as well, she had to back track from her statements that she recorded in the court of judicial magistrate.
Later she decided to settle with her parents on the request of her mother and occasionally contact HDO’s therapists seeking their support on need basis.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO RAPE VICTIM:
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT:
VICTIM BACKTRACKS FROM HER STATEMENT
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