Catch-22: Report the rape without four witnesses, and risk being thrown into jail for adultery. Try to hide it for fear of adultery charges and other reprisals, and get thrown into jail for “concealing” it. A similar charge was tacked onto the much more widely known case of Gulnaz in Afghanistan.
A rape victim has been sentenced to six months in prison for “˜concealing” the incident involving her own son-in-law in a remote village of northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The district and sessions court in Ghakuch Valley, the headquarters for Ghizer district and about 80 kilometres from Gilgit, also handed down a 15-year imprisonment to the rapist.
Local police has confirmed that the man is in their custody.
The case came to the police knowledge after the victim gave birth to a baby in a local hospital. She revealed during the course of investigation that she had been raped by her son-in-law Liaqat Ali, a businessman from Mansehra district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
She said that the rapist had bullied her into silence. “He had threatened to kill my family if I disclosed the incident.
“I had no option but to keep my mouth shut,” a source quoted her as telling the investigators.
Following her statement, the police registered the case and proceeded with legal action.