ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on Tuesday sentenced one year imprisonment to a former additional district and session judge and his wife in Tayabba torture case.
A single bench of the IHC reached verdict to sentence one-year imprisonment to Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar and directed them to pay a fine of Rs50,000 each. Both were found guilty of employing an underage child as domestic worker under section 328-A (cruelty to a child) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Tayabba Torture Case Details
In January of last year, the pictures of the 10-year old Tayabba went viral on social media with claims that the underage child worked as a housemaid at additional session judge Khurram Ali Khan’s house, was being tortured. The little girl after being recovered by the law enforcement agencies, had first stated, maybe under pressure, that the wound marks on her body were from falling off the stairs, but in the first information report (FIR) she admitted that she was being tortured by the judge’s family.
The Supreme Court judge took notice of the Tayabba torture case and constituted a division bench for hearing of the case. The girl had mysteriously gone missing for days before the upcoming hearing. She was later recovered from Islamabad.
District Magistrate Islamabad had written a letter to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) administration in which he ordered them for creation of a new medical board to confirm the facts in the torture case. The medical board had stated in its report that there were torture marks on the body of the girl.