IHC suspends sentence of judge, wife in Tayyaba torture case


ISLAMABAD : The Islamabad High Court on Monday suspended the sentence of a judge and his wife in a case related to torturing a child maid.

Suspended Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar had challenged their year-long imprisonment in IHC on Friday.

A two-member bench of IHC, comprising justices Azharmanullah and Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, suspended their sentence and adjourned the hearing till the second week of May.

On April 17, the IHC announced its verdict in the Tayyaba torture case after over a year-long period of proceedings.

IHC Justice Aamer Farooq ruled that suspended Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar would serve a year each in prison for torturing the child maid under Section 328-A (cruelty to a child).

The two were also fined Rs50,000 each for the crime of employing an underage (below 12 years of age) child.

However, the accused have been exonerated in the other more serious charges filed against them.

Following the verdict, the accused filed a bail plea for himself and his wife which was approved by the same bench. The couple’s seven-day bail had ended today (Monday).

On December 29, 2016, Tayyaba, a 10-year-old domestic help, was recovered from the house of the judge after receiving complaints of torture from neighbours. The issue sparked outrage on social media and led to calls for strict and swift justice.

Subsequently, a first information report (FIR) was filed against the judge and his wife at the I-9 police station.

An inquiry report by the police had found that the judge’s wife was responsible for torturing the child maid, and Khurram of indirect criminal negligence.

Later, on January 3, 2017, Tayyaba’s parents reached a compromise and forgave the accused.

However, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took a suo motu notice of the compromise agreement and ordered the IHC to conduct a trial of the case.

Following the incident, the IHC had suspended the judge and made him an officer on special duty (OSD).

In total, the statements of 19 witnesses were recorded in the case, wherein 11 were from civil servants and eight from private witnesses, including Tayyaba’s parents.

Orignally published by INP

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