Friday, February 11, 2005

Rape Victim Seeks Justice: Please sign petition

Dear friends,

SANA Human Rights Committee has created the following
petition to send to the UN Commissioner for Human
Rights and various human rights organizations the
world over. Please sign the petition at:

http://www.petitiononline.com/SuiRape/petition.html

(A.N.)

Gang Rape of a Lady Doctor and the cover up by the
Pakistan Military regime

Military regimes in Pakistan have a long history of
suppressing minority groups and women by violating
their basic human rights. The present military
dominated government is acting no different despite
its pretensions to the so-called enlightened
moderation. It is presently engaged in the most
despicable attempts to cover up a rape case in which
military personnel are reported to be involved.

According to the news reports, a Captain and his
accomplices belonging to the Defense Security Group
gang-raped Dr Shazia Khalid on the night of 2-3
January 2005 at Sui in Balochistan, the Southwestern
province of Pakistan. The victim lady doctor was hit,
beaten, tortured, threatened to be burned to death and
then repeatedly gang-raped. Afterwards she was kept
unconscious for three days by giving her tranquilizers
so that she could not report or speak about the
incident to the police. Later, instead of conducting a
medical examination and allowing her to register a
case, she was involuntarily moved out of the province
and admitted in a psychiatric clinic in Karachi,
Sindh.

After a public furor, the Police officers of Dera
Bugti pursued the probe into the case and gathered
evidence that proved the occurrence of the heinous
crime. Pakistan Petroleum Company (PPL), the employer
of the doctor however continued to stonewall the
investigations under the Army pressure. Documents of
Police investigations and the cover-up were made
available to the South Asia Tribune, an Internet
newspaper, recently. They included a five page
detailed report sent on Jan 7, 2005 by the Deputy
Superintendent Police, Dera Bugti Circle to the
District Nazim of the area, the administrative head.

Khalid Aman, the victim's husband in an interview with
daily Dawn on Thursday, Feb 03, stated that he and his
family were being pressurized to keep silent on the
issue. He further said, "We now feel insecure, we need
justice, and want the man responsible to be arrested
and punished in accordance with law."

The UN tribunals have recently declared institutional,
systematic rape a crime against humanity. The
International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute, commonly
referred as the Rome Statute, unequivocally declares
rape as a crime against humanity under its Article 7,
paragraph 2(f).

We therefore appeal the international community and
the human rights organizations to condemn the rapists
and their supporters. We also request the
international community and the human rights
organizations including the United Nations
Commissioner for Human rights to pressurize Pakistan
Military Regime to bring the culprits of this heinous
crime against humanity to the courts of law to be
punished according to the international Statute and
also to provide security to the gang-rape victim lady
doctor and her family who need to be relieved of the
pain and torture caused by the threats and the denial
of justice from the military backed government of
Pakistan.

SANA Human Rights Committee

Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) is the
largest democratic, representative community
organization of Sindhis living in North America. For
further information, please visit: www.sanalist.org

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