IIUI law student who was ‘raped, threatened’ appeals for help


ISLAMABAD: A female law student at Islamic International University Islamabad (IIU) who was allegedly raped and threatened appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan on Sunday to provide her protection amid threats to her life.

In a video message which has gone viral on social media, she claimed that Asad Hashmi, who is a lawyer in Islamabad, had allegedly raped her repeatedly at a flat located in Sector H-13 of the federal capital. Hashmi was booked for sexual assault of university student last month.

The student said that Javed Hashmi, a professor at IIU, who is the uncle of the suspect, had threatened her not to pursue the rape case otherwise she would face dire consequences. The IIU professor had allegedly threatened her against pursuing the case and identifying the accused in the court.

The hearing of the case will take place in Islamabad sessions court on Monday. According to the victim, she went to meet the lawyer at his residence to discuss a case where he repeatedly raped her. Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat, taking the notice of the video, has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

In a tweet, he said that the authorities have taken notice of the issue and Assistant Commissioner Bushra Rao was also in contact with the victim. He added that two first information reports (FIR) had also been lodged on the request of the victim.

Police officials had lodged the FIR against the lawyer on rape counts on the complaint of the LLB student on January 27.