LAHORE - A woman alleges that her stepson raped her but father of the suspect, a provincial parliamentarian who also happens to be her husband, denies the charge. Police are investigating the allegations, on the basis of which a rape case has already been registered in Lahore’s Sabzazar police station. The 67-year-old member of the Punjab Assembly yesterday told The Nation that his son did not rape his second wife at a small house in Sabzazaar last week.

Father of eight, Abu Hafs Muhammad Ghiyas-ud-Din stated that one and a half Marla house located in Hassan Town “is the basic dispute” between his son and his second wife. “I don’t believe my son can commit such a crime with his stepmother. This episode was planned. This is a conspiracy, and this is untrue.” Police investigators are grilling the 35-year-old son of the religious scholar for raping a 25-year-old woman at a house in Hassan Town.

Cops arrested Ghulam Mohayuddin two days ago after the woman filed a complaint with the Sabzazaar police station.

A teacher and a religious scholar, Ghiyas-ud-Din, remained member provincial assembly of the Punjab during 1985-88 and 1997-99 and returned to Punjab Assembly for the third term in general elections 2013. Earlier, the police registered a rape case against the son of the cleric on the complaint of his young wife.

According to the victim, her husband was admitted to a hospital when her step son forced his entry into her house, raped the victim at gun-point, and fled instantly.  The PML-N politician stated that he was admitted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology for heart surgery a couple weeks ago. “Today, I just have been discharged from the hospital after a successful by-pass.”

Ghiyas-ud-Din, who did Masters in Islamic Studies from Tanzeem-ul-Madaras Ahle Sunnat Pakistan in 1987, said the police “fraudulently” arrested his son in the rape case. “The police deceitfully arrested my son. He was called in the police station for questioning but he was put behind the bars”.

The politician said that the issue would be “sorted out” at family level very soon. He said that his son wanted to sell the property (one and a half Marla-house) but his second wife rejected the proposal.

“Since I was in the Intensive Care Unit of the PIC, my son wanted to sell the house to collect money for my medical treatment,” he said. When pointed out, the member of the Provincial Assembly admitted that “the government bears medical expenses of the Parliamentarians.” “But again, I am a poor man. I had been struggling to contact the Punjab Chief Minister for the last several weeks. Today, the CM’s Secretary contacted me. I hope this issue would be solved very soon and amicably”.

With strict punishment under country’s Hudood Laws, raping stepmother is a heinous crime and considered as an immoral and shameful act in this religious society. “If a man commits rape with his stepmother and it is also proved, the criminal will be stoned to death or will be punished by lashes in accordance with the Hudood Laws,” senior lawyer Azhar Siddique said. A senior police investigator confirmed to this reporter last night that the accused was being interrogated at a police lock-up in connection with the sexual assault.

“We are waiting for the forensic and DNA reports to establish facts”. The officer said, “the victim has already been examined by a medical officer”.

According to him, the police are yet to complete investigations into the rape case and the challan would be submitted to the court after proper probe.

The suspect is said to be the father of two. The 67-year-old religious scholar, Abu Hafs Muhammad Ghiyas-ud-Din contracted second marriage with the 25-year-old several years ago. The couple lives in a small house owned by the religious scholar in Lahore’s Hassan Town on Multan Road.

A City police spokesman said the rape case was registered on the complaint of the victim. “This matter is already in the notice of senior police officers and investigators are directed to ensure merit-based investigations,” the spokesman said.