ATC reserves verdict in Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape case

By: News Desk      Published: 04:47 PM, 18 Mar, 2021
Main accused Abid Malhi and Shafqat.
Main accused Abid Malhi and Shafqat.

Special Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta Thursday reserved the verdict in the infamous Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape case, reported 24News HD TV.

The Anti-Terrorism Court reserved the verdict after both prosecution and the defence completed their argument in the case, which was heard at the Camp Jail, Lahore.

According to the media reports, the verdict is likely to be announced on March 20.

Earlier, the gang-rape victim had identified both accused Abid Malhi and Shafqat in a police identity parade held at Camp Jail Lahore.

The DNA samples of both the accused had also matched with the samples taken from the victim.

On September 9, 2020, the two accused armed with guns gang-raped a woman while she was waiting for help on the motorway in the Gujjarpura area of Lahore. The woman, who was going to Gujranwala from Lahore, parked her car on the roadside as it ran out of fuel soon after crossing the toll plaza. When she called the National Highways and Motorway Police, she was told that the area did not fall under their jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the armed men appeared there and forced them to leave the car. Later, they took the woman and her children to a nearby deserted place covered by trees where they gang-raped her in front of her children. The criminals later fled the scene after snatching the cash and other valuable items.

The incident had shocked all in the country with the whole nation demanding the arrest and severe punishment for the culprits.

 Reporter: Ali Sahi