Shangla ATC awards death sentence in minor’s rape, murder case


SWAT: An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) of Malakand awarded three counts of death sentence to Jumaraz, a man convicted of rape and murder of a five-year-old Madeha Tariq in Besham area of Shangla district.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 6 lac over committing the heinous crime and assaulting a juvenile. The verdict was announced under tight security.

Jumaraz also has to pay Rs 2 lac as compensation to the bereaved family. According to senior public prosecutor Saeed Naeem, in June 2017, hard-hearted Jumaraz spotted the five-year-old who was on her way to a nearby store to buy some sweets. He took the minor away to his safe compound and brutally raped her.

During the rape, Madeha went unconscious and the accused threw her body into the water in a filling pot. Shangla police arrested the accused and started trial. After 9 months of hearing, the ATC announced its verdict of punishment.

Speaking to the reporters after the verdict, Madeha’s father Tariq Aziz said that the accused should be hanged publicly to set an example of punishment for the heinous crime, adding that they were satisfied with the decision.

It is pertinent to mention here that the police conducted strict security measurements in the court’s premises during the proceedings of the case.