Four girls booked for ‘torture’ of class fellow, gets pre-arrest bail

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    A Lahore sessions court on Saturday granted pre-arrest bail to three schoolgirls who were booked for allegedly torturing their class fellow at a private school in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area of Lahore.

    Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal took up the bail plea filed by three of the suspects.As the hearing went underway, advocate Mian Rab Nawaz, who appeared on behalf of the three girls, claimed that the victim was a drug addict herself and wanted to engage his clients in the illegal act.After listening to the arguments, the Lahore judge granted pre-arrest bail to three girls against surety bonds worth Rs50,000 each.

    The Lahore court also barred authorities from arresting the petitioners until Jan 30.Lahore Police yesterday launched an inquiry into the torture incident of a student by her classmates at an elite school in Punjab.Three schoolgirls are shown in a viral video forcing their classmate to the ground and sitting on her, one of the girls can be seen grabbing the hair of the victim and abusing her while forcing her to apologize.

    The First Information Report (FIR) of the incident was registered on the complaint filed by the victim’s father, named Imran.The FIR stated that the accused drug addict Jannat tortured the victim with her sister Kainat, Umaima, and Noor Rehman and later stole the daughter’s gold chain as well.

    The FIR was registered on the complaint of the victim’s father Imran Younis, who stated that his daughter was studying in a school located in BB Block of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

    He alleged that one of the four girls involved in the attack was carrying a dagger. The group of girls dragged ‘A’ on the ground by her hair, sat on her back and subjected her to inhuman torture, he alleged.

    Imran said one of the girls was a boxer who hit his daughter in her face while another kicked her, causing injuries to her face. Another girl tried to strangulate his daughter, he said, adding that the video clip was sufficient evidence to initiate legal action against the attackers.

    He said his daughter was traumatised following the attack and the video clip caused further mental torture to him and his family.About motive of the assault on his daughter, he alleged in the FIR that the prime suspect was a drug addict, who “had offered my daughter a dose of drug to inhale in the school, which she refused to do“.