LAHORE – Some policemen with criminal mindset are harassing the young girls of a victim family, TheNation has learned on good authority.

“Four cops from the Factory Area police station, led by a head-constable, entered our home and started assaulting my daughters. They abused them and forced them to submit to their sexual desires and if they refused, they said they know how to do that,” the 45-year-old disabled Saleem, the father of the girls, told this paper.

Saleem also alleged that the gang of four (cops), instead of providing them justice by arresting the real killers of his wife and the girls’ mother, has arrested 14-year-old boy Karan. He is a close relation and innocent, Saleem added. Ruksana Bibi was accidentally shot dead during a family scuffle some three years back.

This newspaper also learned that the cops have been threatening the victim family through phone calls, warnings that if their young girls were not sent to the Factory Area police station, they would kill the arrested boy in an encounter.

“The gang called us again later on Saturday evening. Once again they made their satanic desires clear to us,” said Saleem alias Laal Masih, a paralysed man and a tailor by profession.

A case lodged against the killers of Ruksana Bibi is currently under trial in the court of Justice Mrs. Maah Rukh Aziz and in connection with the case, the eyewitnesses and the policemen have been visiting the victim’s home for the purpose of recording statements. “During their frequent visits, the policemen developed a habit of gazing of Gulshan (11), Kainat (15), Chanda (13), and their cousin Rani (16), Masih added.

Later they arrested Karan, aged 14. However, the boy was released after the Cantonment SP learned about the matter. The family has appealed to the CCPO and DIG (Operations) to provide them justice by taking a proper action against the evil cops.

While talking to TheNation, Rani also substantiated Saleem’s notes, saying head-constable Munawar and three other policemen arrived on Saturday evening and repeated their old desire. “He even threatened me and other girls when we refused to obey them. Then the cops took our cousin Karan (brother of Gulshan, Kainat and Chanda) to police station,” she stated.

She said when they saw the cops physically assaulting Chanda in the name of “search”, the family started crying for help. Afterwards the cops fled taking Karan with them. According to her, an hour later the cop phoned them from phone number 0300-40335795 and made them to listen to the cries of the boy, who was saying, “Sisters please, get me released. They will kill me.” Rani further alleged that Munawar also asked her to send Chanda along with Rs20,000 to the Factory Area police station.

SP (Operations) of the Cantonment Police Division, Mr Imtiaz Sarwar told TheNation that although he was unaware of any such incident, he would probe into the matter. He claimed that the SHO concerned has been directed to investigate the matter on merit.

Following the SP’s footprints, SHO Attique Dogar also expressed his complete ignorance, saying no one from the victim family had approached him in this regard. “The law says that a victim family should submit a written complaint against the suspects and identify them. Only then the law comes into action. Definitely I will take action in case any of my constables is held guilty.”

According to advocate Akhtar, who accompanied the victim family to the offices of TheNation, said: “The section 155 of the Police Order 2002 bounds the law-enforcement agencies to take a legal action against those cops who misuse their authority.” Replying a query, the noted lawyer said, “Of course, the SHO should lodge an FIR against the cops and initiate investigation on merit.”