Joint Investigation Team in action to look into maid torture case

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    The Islamabad police have formed a five-member special joint investigation team (JIT) to look into the severe torture of an underage domestic worker, named Rizwana, in Islamabad.

    The victim, Rizwana, was allegedly abused by the wife of a civil judge in Islamabad, who accused her of stealing gold jewelry.

    The police initially filed a report only for criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement, but later added more charges, including murder.

    The suspect, Somia Asim, was granted pre-arrest bail until August 7.

    The government expressed concern over the incident during a Senate session and called for strict action against the culprits, proposing legislation on child torture.

    The JIT is headed by Islamabad DIG (Operations) Shahzad Ahmad Bukhari, with other members from the Counter Terrorism Department, SSP (Investigation), Inter-Services Intelligence, and Intelligence Bureau.

    The case was registered based on the complaint from Rizwana’s father, who found her severely injured and weeping at the judge’s house. She was subjected to daily torture and confinement, resulting in severe injuries.

    The government is taking the matter seriously and plans to present draft bills in the Senate for the protection of children.