CCPO Multan, on Tuesday, informed Supreme Court that all 29 suspects nominated for their involvement in the panchayat-ordered ‘revenge rape’ of a teenage girl in Multan have been arrested.
The CCPO, in a report submitted in the SC, said that the main accused in the case, who raped a 16-year-old girl as “punishment” for a rape her brother had committed days earlier, has also been arrested.
Three first information reports (FIRs) of the incidents were registered—two on the complaints of the two victims’ families against each other, and the third against the illegal panchayat members, in which the police/state were the complainants.
Police have taken swabs of both victims and both alleged rapists, and will submit challans in a court of law within seven days after completion of the investigation, the CPO said.
According to the police report, the ‘revenge rape’ had taken place due to a compromise between the families of the two rapists—both belong to the Bhullar community.
Last week, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the case, while Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif took punitive action against the police over a “criminal delay” on their part in proceeding with the case.