Judge, wife get bail after year’s jail-term in Tayyaba torture case | Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The High Court of Islamabad (IHC) announced its verdict today in the Tayaba torture case after a long trial period.
The IHC judge Aamer Farooq ruled that the suspended additional district and session judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife, Mahen Zafar, would serve a year in prison for torturing the girl in accordance with article 328-A (cruelty to the child).
Two were also fined 50,000 rupees for crimes involving the use of a minor (less than 12 years old) child. However, the defendants were acquitted in other more serious charges brought against them.
The accused judge was present today in court when the decision was read out.
According to the verdict, the defendant filed a petition for a pledge for himself and his wife, which was approved by the same bench. The court ruled that the bail will be valid for seven days.
The accused judge, presenting his request for bail, stated that he would challenge the present punishment in the Supreme Court and thus deserve a pledge, which in any case is liable when the punishment is only a year.
The decision on the case was reserved on March 27 after the court heard the final arguments of both sides.
On December 29, 2016, Tayyaba, a 10-year home aid, was returned from the judge's house after receiving complaints of torture by her neighbors. This question caused outrage in social networks and led to calls for strict and fair justice.
Subsequently, the first information report (FIR) was filed against the judge and his wife in police station I-9.
As a result of an investigation conducted by the police, it was revealed that the judge's wife was responsible for torturing the maid-children, and Khurram for indirect criminal negligence.
Later, on January 3, 2017, Tayaba's parents reached a compromise and forgave the accused.
However, the chief justice of the Pakistani justice Mian Sakib Nisar accepted the preliminary conclusion on the compromise agreement and ordered the IHC to hold a trial on this case.
After this incident, the IHP suspended the judge and made him a special mission officer (OSD).
In total, the statements of 19 witnesses were registered in a case in which 11 were from public servants and eight from private witnesses, including the parents of Tayyaba.