In another case of ‘honour killing’ and another victory for the social media community – the main accused in the Rimsha Wassan case has been arrested by police. The incident, that was not initially covered on mainstream media, met the public eye after the activists from Sindh initiated a social media campaign demanding justice for Khairpur’s 13 years old (some sources report her age to be 16) Rimsha, who was shot nine times by an influential.
The main accused in the case was Zulfiqar Wassan aka Zulfo Wassan, cousin of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) notable leader Manzoor Wassan. According to the parents of Rimsha, the accused wanted to have ‘friendship’ with their daughter and abducted her, kept at his residence and repeatedly raped. Later, after facing pressure from Manzoor Wassan, their daughter was returned but killed for face-saving as the influential family was afraid she might pursue her case in the court.
The initial inquiry, however, has indicated that the case was of honour killing. Rimsha wanted to marry a boy from another village. Due to this, Zulfiqar killed her, to reinstate his hold on the village. SSP Khairpur Umer Tufail also revealed that he “is involved in 20 more cases.”
The police also revealed that this is not the only case of honour killing. He has previously killed three women, but no action was taken against him as he was a symbol of terror in the area.
“We have arrested him and starred and inquiry into Ramsha’s murder” – he said, speaking to a local news source.
“The FIR was registered on behalf of the state in order to avert pressure and threats to the victim’s family for withdrawing the case later on, and to prevent compound ability,” – the statement added.
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The said source also reported that Zulfiqar surrendered before police due to pressure from the PPP leaders, which intensified after protest from social media community and the members of civil society.
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