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Teenage girl drugged, gang-raped in Lahore

Teenage girl drugged, gang-raped in Lahore

LAHORE: A teenage girl was gang-raped by a group of men after being drugged in a guest house in the Mall Road area here on Saturday, police said.

The 15-year-old victim was brought to Services Hospital where reports of initial medical tests revealed that the girl had been subjected to rape.

The teenager, who is a resident of Multan Road, was first kidnapped by unidentified men before she was taken to a guest house in the Mall Road area, said Station House Officer (SHO) Ahmad Usman.

"The girl was drugged and later six to eight men gang-raped her," added SHO Usman.

The victim was also tortured physically, stated the SHO.

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After raping her, the perpetrators messaged her family to come and pick her up from a spot.

Police has arrested six suspects in connection with the gang-rape while two to three main suspects have managed to flee, stated the SHO.

The main accused, a PML-N member, is absconding in the case.

"Raids are being conducted to arrest all the accused in the case," said DIG Operations Haider Ashraf.

The victim, an 8th grade student, is receiving treatment in a hospital.

Rape is notoriously difficult to prosecute in Pakistan. In April 2011, the Supreme Court had upheld the acquittal of five men sentenced to death in Pakistan's most famous rape case, that of Mukhtar Mai.

Mai was gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment, after her brother, who was aged just 12 at the time, was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan.

A local court had sentenced six men to death, but a higher court acquitted five of them in March 2005, and commuted the sentence for the main accused, Abdul Khaliq, to life imprisonment.

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