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Blind, acid attack victim in Layyah alleges gang-rape

Layyah: A 30 year- old blind women who is also a victim of an acid attack, was gang raped in Layyah district’s Kot Sultan area, on Saturday police said.

She approached police on Friday and recorded her statement in which she claimed that she was gang raped by three men. The local police registered a First Information Report (FIR) at the Kot Sultan Police Station against Khalid, Younis and

District Police Officer Mohammad Ali Zia said. The woman hails from Bait Wasawah in Layyah, she used to visit regularly a man in Kot Sultan to collect zakaat (a form of alms) from him, as she was attacked by acid by her cousin Nazar Hussain in the year 2002 for refusing his marriage proposal.

Earlier this week, when she went to collect the aid the man invited her to his house where he had two other men as well. All the three men subjected her to rape.

A special police team started hunting the men involved in the crime. DPO Zia
said, the woman’s medical tests have been conducted and their reports are currently awaited.

The woman went blind after the acid attack. The accused was convicted and imprisoned for 14 years. However, he was released after serving only six years as the victim later pardoned him.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan at least 939 women were victims of sexual
violence, 279 were victims of domestic violence and 143 women were victims of acid attacks in 2015. And 833 women were kidnapped and 777 committed or attempted to commit suicide.