Pakistan: Father of gang-raped and murdered toddler threatens self-immolation

PESHAWAR: The family of three-year old Sawera, who was gang-raped and killed in Pabbi last week, blames police apathy for the failure in bringing the perpetrators of the heinous act to justice. The victim’s father has even threatened self-immolation if the culprits are not apprehended.

Sawera’s body was found on Friday evening in a field near her house in Mohallah Khan Sher Garhi. Her parents said the girl left home to buy candy from a nearby shop and did not return.

It’s been several days, and Sawera’s family, along with community members believe that the suspects arrested by police so far are not the rapists.

Earlier, the victim’s father, Nasir Khan, had appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan as well as the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government to ensure his daughter’s killers were brought to task. On Saturday the CM took notice of the incident and asked DPO Nowshera to submit a report. K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak visited Sawera’s family and offered Rs200,000 ($2,042 US) as compensation for their loss.

“I don’t need money from the chief minister. I just want the government to arrest the criminals,” said Khan, who earns a living by selling vegetables on his push cart. The enraged father stammered in his speech while demanding his daughter’s killers be arrested immediately. “If we are not provided justice, I will have no option but self-immolation,” he said.