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Pemra ‘prohibits’ TV channels from airing news, reports on F-9 Park rape case

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited any television networks from presenting news or reporting on the F-9 Park rape case in order to protect the victim’s identity.

On February 2:

A first information report (FIR) was filed at the Margalla police station in Islamabad in compliance with Section 376. (punishment for rape).

According to the complaint:

A Woman and her male coworker had gone to the park when they were stopped at gunpoint and dragged into a woodland by two individuals.

She said the men punched her, sexually attacked her, and told her “not to enter the park at this time.”

Pemra claimed in a Feb. 5 notification that only a few satellite television stations were carrying coverage of the case after the survivor’s identity was revealed.

The Notification Said:

“This is a violation of clause 8 of Pemra Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015.

“While exercising powers conferred under Section 27 (a) of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002, as amended by Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007, broadcast/rebroadcast of news/reports with regard to F-9 Park Islamabad incident is PROHIBITED, with immediate effect.”

In the case of non-compliance, it said that additional enabling legal limitations, as well as the suspension of the television channel’s licence without cause notice, might occur.

The F-9 rape case has sparked outrage across the country.

The deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Zahid Akram Durrani, had given the police chief orders the day before to take action against the offenders and present a report to the parliament within 24 hours.

So far, the criminals have eluded apprehension by authorities.

The cops have released a sketch of one of the suspects to help in the identification of the culprits.

The police also stated that they were working on geo-fencing to track down the criminals.

They also stated that a forensic team visited the crime scene four days after the occurrence to collect evidence.

‘Armed men’ rape a girl in Islamabad’s F-9 park

A woman was raped in Islamabad’s F-9 park at gunpoint.

Two unidentified individuals sexually attacked a Mian Channun resident at Capital Park while keeping her at gunpoint.

According to the FIR:

The victim reported to police that two armed men approached her and her male coworker at a park in F-9 on February 2.

According to the FIR, the gunmen separated the two and forced them into a nearby shrubbery. 

The culprits allegedly beat the young woman after she begged them to release her and even offered them money in return for their safety, according to the FIR.

The assailants battered the woman and threatened her they would invite their “friends” to join them if she raised her voice. 

According to the FIR, the culprits also barred her from leaving.

The accused criminals instructed the victim that she shouldn’t be at the park at this time of night, returned “all our stuff and paid us Rs1,000 to stay quiet,” and then vanished into a nearby bush.

A case was already been filed against suspects and the police had launched an investigation into the incident, According to Margallah Police.

The culprits are being tracked down using CCTV video and Safe City cameras, according to officials.

As per the police:

Queries were also asked of the F-9 Park employees to discover more about the suspects.

According to hospital officials:

The victim had a medical examination yesterday at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

According to the sources:

The girl’s body showed evidence of torture.

Meanwhile, the forensic laboratory has received the victim’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sample(s).

According to the results of the woman’s forensic investigation:

The 24-year-old victim’s body bore evidence of the sexual assault.

Pavan Manzoor
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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.


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