A ticket inspector lured the mother-of-two into an empty compartment on a train bound for Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, by offering her an air-conditioned compartment instead of her stuffy economy class seat
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A young mother was gang raped on a moving train amid a spike in sexual assaults in Pakistan
A ticket inspector lured the mother-of-two from her economy class seat by offering her a first-class, air-conditioned compartment during the 500-mile journey between Multan and the country’s largest city, Karachi.
Once inside, the Checker and three other men took turns attacking her before threatening her if she tried to escape.
Railway Police Chief Faisal Shahkar confirmed the shocking attack on the Bahauddin Zakaria Express train last week.
According to a Pakistani newspaper duskeach of the suspects fled to “distant areas of Punjab” in the hours that followed, hoping to avoid arrest.
But police caught up with them and arrested two men on Monday, and a third the following day, the officer added.
The incident has sparked outrage in the ultra-conservative South Asian country, with public calls for the men to be hanged.
One man told state broadcaster Geo, “I want those behind this atrocious act to be hanged by their throats.”
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An editorial in Dawn called the crime “grisly” and demanded answers as to why security on the train was so lax.
“Another horrifying incident of sexual violence has come to light, which underscores how a careless use of security can encourage criminal men to indulge their worst instincts,” it said.
“[Women’s] Security is the barometer of a nation’s values.”
It is estimated that around 14,000 women have been raped in Pakistan over the past four years, which is almost 11 a day, reports Al Jazeera.
However, official data suggests that fewer than three percent of rapists are punished.
The pathetic conviction rate is due to a flawed judiciary, flawed investigations and social taboos.
“This number could be a tip of the iceberg because most cases go unreported,” the National Bureau of Police said.
An anti-rape law passed last year allows courts to order criminals to be chemically castrated — but that doesn’t seem to have deterred attacks.
Legislatures have also passed legislation allowing for faster sentencing by creating special courts that expedite sexual assault cases.
Chemical castration involves the use of drugs to lower testosterone levels and is typically used to reduce libido and sexual activity, or alternatively to treat cancer.
It has been used against pedophiles in Indonesia since 2016 and against child rapists in Poland since 2006.
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