Wednesday, February 15, 2023
The Islamabad Police said there has been progress in the investigation of the F-9 park rape case — in which two armed men allegedly raped a woman in the federal capital’s recreational site.
Taking to Twitter, a spokesperson for the police said it has tracked down the suspects; however, denied making any arrests so far.
"It is requested to avoid speculations related to this case under investigation," the Islamabad Police tweeted and asked people to inform the authorities if they have any information regarding the suspects.
Meanwhile, sources told Geo News that suspects in the rape case have been arrested from the limits of Golra Police Stations and they have admitted to committing the crime.
According to police, the case against the suspects has been registered in the Margalla Police Station.
Police sources said that the suspects, both of whom allegedly belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district, were arrested with the help of Safe City cameras. The sources within the police have also claimed that the victim of the heinous crime has also identified the suspects.
A day earlier, Inspector-General of Islamabad Police Akbar Nasir Khan said that the unfortunate incident took place in the unlit part of the park.
Khan, while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, also added that the police had not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident and will only do so once they have obtained solid evidence.
Two armed men allegedly raped a woman in Islamabad’s F-9 park at gunpoint on February 2. The case surfaced in the news two days leaving the nation shocked at the audacity of the criminals who approached the victim — accompanied by her colleague — at the park, according to the first information report (FIR).
The FIR further stated that the gun-toting aggressors took the two to a nearby thicket at gunpoint and separated them. The attackers then beat the young woman up when she pleaded with them to let her go and even offered them money in exchange for her safety, the FIR read.
When the victim tried to raise her voice, she was beaten and threatened by the attackers who said they would call their "friends" to join them. Her attempts to run away were also foiled by the attackers, the FIR stated.
As they were leaving into a nearby thicket, the alleged culprits returned "all our things and gave us Rs1,000 to stay quiet" while also telling the victim that she should not be in the park at “this” time of the night, according to the FIR.
The suspects, as per the police, were being traced through CCTV footage and Safe City cameras. Officials of F-9 park were also being interrogated to find clues about the suspects, the police personnel added.
Hospital sources also confirmed that the victim underwent a medical examination at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
According to the sources, marks of torture were found on the girl’s body and samples taken from the victim were sent to the forensic laboratory for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests, which later confirmed that marks consistent with sexual assault were found on the 24-year-old victim's body.