Saturday, February 27, 2010

Proof that no male is immune from false rape claims

Here's an outrageous false rape news story out of Pakistan.  Knowing what we know, as reported here day in and day out, is it so difficult to believe this could occur in the US or the UK?  We often say on this site that virtually no man is immune from a false rape claim.  This case proves it.  

The cousin of a mentally unstable woman accused a man of raping the woman.  The accused man was arrested and jailed for a full month.  Only after police received the medical report of the "victim" (that's what the story calls her) was the man cleared. The man alleged that police officers implicated him in the alleged crime because a relative of one of the police officers wanted to purchase land he owned.

What makes the story outrageous is that the falsely accused man is 90-years-old.  That's right: a 90-year-old man was deemed sufficiently dangerous to be jailed for one month after being accused of raping a mentally unstable woman, and before the police even saw the medical test results. 

According the news story: "A superintendent of the police in his investigation stated that no incident of the rape occurred as man was too old to commit rape and medical examination of the victim woman did not confirm the rape.  Police suspended a deputy superintendent of police, the station house officer and three sub inspectors for implicating the old man in a false rape case and criminal proceedings were initiated against them."

See here: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Islamabad/27-Feb-2010/90yearold-acquitted-in-rape-case

Full story: 90-year-old acquitted in rape case

RAWALPINDI - An Additional District and Sessions (ADS) judge Friday exonerated a 90-year-old accused from a rape case after the medical report of the victim confirmed that crime was not committed with the woman.


According to the details, ADS judge Malik Sajid Ali Awan acquitted Muhammad Akbar from the charges of raping a lunatic woman in a village of Kalar Syedan on June 26 2009 since the charges could not be proved against the accused.

Syed Manzoor Shah had complained to the police that Akbar raped his cousin who was not mentally fit as some people of the area witnessed the incident.

Police arrested the old man who was later granted bail by the Lahore High Court as he remained in the jail for a month. It was on his appeal that the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of implicating the old man in a rape case.

The subsequent inquiry into the case by district and sessions judge recommended reinvestigation in the case as many lacunas were detected.

A superintendent of the police in his investigation stated that no incident of the rape occurred as man was too old to commit rape and medical examination of the victim woman did not confirm the rape.

Police suspended a deputy superintendent of police, the station house officer and three sub inspectors for implicating the old man in a false rape case and criminal proceedings were initiated against them.

Muhammad Akbar had alleged that the DSP Khalid Jamil Paracha implicated him with the help of other police officers just to deprive him of a piece of land as a relative of the DSP wanted to purchase that land.