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Mother of two is raped on Pakistani train by ticket inspector and two other men after being lured into first-class carriage

  • A Pakistani woman taking a train from Multan to Karachi was gang-raped
  • Railroad workers threatened 25-year-old mother as she tried to escape
  • Police arrested the three suspects earlier this week and took DNA samples

Three men have been arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of raping a young mother on board a moving train.

The incident, which sparked outrage across the country, took place on May 27 when the inspector came to the victim’s carriage to ask her to move to an air-conditioned section of the train.

The ticket checker lured the 25-year-old mother of two into the first-class compartment of the train going from Multan to Karachi, where other railway workers waited to rape her.

Pakistani paper dawn said the men threatened her when she tried to escape.

Speaking at a press conference in Lahore, Railway Police Inspector General Faisal Shahkar said the company should have conducted a background check on the employees before hiring them.

File photo: Pakistani protesters march against alleged gang rape of a woman

After the Bahaudin Zakaria Express arrived, the woman sat motionless on the bench on the platform, without anyone meeting her.

A railway police officer on duty asked her if she needed help, Pakistani newspaper said MM News† Railroad police later took her to the police station’s help center where she reported the incident.

The police registered the case and took DNA samples and sent teams to arrest the suspects.

Pakistani officers managed to contact the young woman’s sister, who traveled to pick her up.

The suspects had turned off their phones and fled to Punjab after the attack, making it difficult to locate them, according to police.

But on Monday, police arrested two suspects and arrested a third the following day. DNA samples are taken to see if they are a match.

“I would like those behind this cruel act to be hanged by the throat,” one man told Pakistani broadcaster Geo-news

The woman, a resident of Orangi Town, has been taken to Jinnah Hospital Karachi for medical treatment while further investigations are underway.

She was on her way from her in-laws’ house to meet her husband in Karachi.

File photo: Welfare Trust holds placards during a protest against an alleged gang rape of a woman, in Karachi

File photo: Welfare Trust holds placards during a protest against an alleged gang rape of a woman, in Karachi

“Criminal and administrative action will be taken against the owner of the private company that operated the train,” the chief of police of the Railways said in a statement.

Sexual violence against women is common in Pakistan.

In April, an 18-year-old girl was repeatedly raped and impregnated by locals in Gujrat’s Khawajgan district.

More than 14,000 women have been raped in Pakistan in the past year, which is nearly 11 a day, but less than three percent of cases led to convictions.

“This figure may be just the tip of the iceberg as most cases go unreported,” the National Bureau of Police said. Al Jazeera

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