Concerned about the miserable plight of rape victim Sonia Naz, I blogged about her tragedy eight times.
My last blog dates from April 2006 – a year ago when I learnt from the newspapers that she had been beaten to a pulp. By then I had come to the depressing conclusion that with the government of Punjab determined to oppose her, she stood little chance of obtaining justice.
Since then there has been little news about her, until today.
This morning I read in the Daily Times that the accused had been acquitted in court.
Sonia Naz herself has been missing for a while. I wonder where she is and what has happened to her?
If anyone can help, please do so.
SP, SHO acquitted in Sonia Naz case
LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge on Thursday accepted an application by SP Khalid Abdullah and Inspector Jamshed Chishty to acquit them of the charges of kidnapping and raping Sonia Naz. Earlier, notices had been issued to Sonia Naz on several occasions, but she had failed to appear in court. The court on Thursday rejected an application by her counsel Naveed Inayat Malik that trial against the accused should be delayed till she appeared in court. The court had started the process to declare Sonia Naz an absconder/a proclaimed offender on December 23, 2006, when she failed to appear in court. The court had also directed the police to attach her property and had earlier issued her arrest warrants, but she still did not attend the proceedings.
For those interested in learning about her tragic plight here are the links to my previous Blogs
My Previous Blogs
I Was Raped on Police Officer’s Orders (Part I)
Sonia Naz: Rape Case (Part II) - The Background
Sonia Naz: Rape Case (Part III) - Subsequent Events
Sonia Naz - Rape Case (Part IV) – Latest Update
A Sonia Naz Update - 26th September
Sonia Naz - Rape Case (Part V) – November Update
Sonia Naz : A Victim of Grubby Punjab Politics?
Sonia Naz – The Unfolding Tragedy – April 2006